Superyacht of the Week: Vitters’ vibrant Unfurled

Written by Charl van Rooy

The build of the 46 metre superyacht Unfurled brought together an all star cast of players in the world of high performance super sailing yachts. A driven and highly passionate owner selected Vitters Shipyard and renowned designer Germán Frèrs to collaborate for the first time in the making of his latest addition in a line of high performance cruisers. Unfurled is the result of industry leading engineering, design and craftsmanship and has already proven a force to be reckoned with out on the race circuit less than a year since her launch from the Dutch shipyard.

Unfurled is the culmination of the owners’ experiences of building their past three custom racing yachts along with a lifetime of global cruising and competitive action on the water. For their latest yacht the sailing couple were seeking a pure and almost minimalistic design that would maximise the space as well as the yacht’s performance capabilities. Unfurled’s crisp all-white exterior and clean deck layout beautifully captures this approach. “We believe elegance and restraint in design should result in a yacht that is timeless,” had the pleased owners to say. “Unfurled has exceeded our expectations in terms of build quality, performance and overall visual beauty.”

Having worked with the clients on the design of their Frers 112 sailing yacht by the same name (now Spiip) back in 1999, Gérman Frèrs applied the same design mentality as in this first project combined with the studio’s new evolution in cruiser-racer designs to realise their desired concept.

Outside, a clean flush deck hides the intricate web of halyards and sheets that are neatly tucked away and out of site for a flawless finish to match the elegant design of Unfurled. A sweeping cockpit structure adds a sporty feel to the exterior.

One soon notices the balance between curved and hard-edged lines that runs throughout the yacht. This characteristic is continued in the custom furniture used out on deck that has been specifically optimised for real hands-on sailing scenarios while keeping a comfortable atmosphere for when relaxing at anchor. The two helm stations are off set to outboard of the the deckhouse structure providing the helmsman a clearer view of the operations on the foredeck as well as oncoming traffic.

The owners decided to partner with Starling & Co for the design of Unfurled’s interior. The sophisticated and innovative spaces are a result of their own passion and appreciation for architectural design and knowledge of materials. The same minimalistic mentality has been implemented in the setup of the interior with a simple and clean surface awaiting you as one descends the companionway.

Deep cream leathers match the soothing tones of the sycamore-lined bulkheads and crystalline white thassos flooring. Inlays of anodised aluminium panels border the main saloon windows and adds a contemporary and flowing atmosphere to this otherwise simplistic and functional living space.

From the main saloon a stairway leads down and aft to the guest staterooms below. Unfurled sleeps six guests in a full beam master suite located aft and two additional guest cabins amidships.The full beam owner’s suite aft is entered via a spacious lobby that doubles as dressing room and gives access to identical bathrooms to port and starboard.

From a technical point of view Unfurled features a large sail plan with a 660 square metre square-top mainsail by North Sails. A Southern Spars all-carbon mast, roller furling boom and carbon fibre standing rigging is one of the most modern fitted on board a sailing yacht to date. Vitters developed special drums onto which the downwind sails could be stored.

Photos by Stuart Pierce



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