Philippe Briand has unveiled details on two superyacht designs, a 170’ sloop and a 174' ketch. There were three main criteria that oriented the design of both projects. The yachte were to be elegant, welcoming and well performing. The real beauty of the hull shape comes from its balance and specifically from the length of the foredecks. The two tenders are housed underneath. Although she has a flybridge, the yacht is sleek due to the integration of the different decks of the yacht. The sides of the superstructure are window panels that open and create a large indoor outdoor area.
The first aim of the Designer was to design two elegant yachts. The yachts feature a long waterline and very clean, slightly curved but stretched sheerline. She also has an almost vertical bow which allows for a greater waterline length, thus making for a considerable improvement in speed both under sail and engine power.
Although both designs have a flybridge, the external height has been reduced to a minimum through a very interesting integration of the different decks of the yacht. Similar to “Vertigo”, and as Philippe has already proven the benefits of, the 170’ incorporates the large wrap around windows, all of which fully open to allow in as much natural light as possible. To keep the foredeck flush and uncluttered, the two tenders are stored out of sight, beneath the deck.
Particular care has been given to the exterior relaxing areas, salon and flybridge, affording the possibility to be outside and sheltered as you wish. The aft cockpits are especially well protected by a large hard top that incorporates a louvre system and by lateral sliding windows. The flybridge is open but on demand it can be protected by a removable bimini top and a large dodger. Inside she is extremely comfortable; light floods in all around, as the designer intended especially in the saloon on the main deck. The sides of the superstructure are transparent, bringing the outside into the saloon. The perfect integration of deck saloon and cockpit create a seamless large living area.
On the lower deck, positioned aft to increase privacy, is a superb owners stateroom, where an optional second bathroom is possible, with direct access to the lazarette and swim platform. There are an additional 4 guest rooms and forward there is enough accommodation for 8-10 crew.
Both sloop and ketch are superb sailing platforms. Under sail they are expected to reach speeds of almost 18-20 knots.