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Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle Design unveil 50m sailing yacht


Van Geest Design has developed this yacht in collaboration with Rob Doyle Design naval architecture. The brief, set by experienced client, was for a fast racing yacht as well as an ultimate cruising experience. The main goal of the client was to create something completely new and different then hisand other existing sailing yachts of this size.

This design leads to a simple, but stylish play of lines and surfaces, giving the yacht its distinctive and sleek appearance. The combination of hull form and contemporary superstructure shaping creates a stunning presence on the water. By developing this eye catching style, Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle Design are stepping away from conventional and traditional hull and superstructure shapes.

The portholes are integrated in the hull stripe. This stripe follows the necessary heights of the interior cabins and widens where the portholes are located. The portholes are not noticeable from the outside and disappear in the design. Accentuating this feature with light gives an unique appearance of the yacht at night.

High grade glass will be used to form the glass panels of the superstructure. New glass technologies can be easily integrated. Shading, controlling the amount of sunlight through the glass and heat reduction are common technologies currently used by the glass industry. Even the use of on-off see through glass can be used for exterior and interior.

The Rob Doyle designed hull package combines a very powerful performance hull with good sea keeping qualities, combining speed and comfort. This is achieved with a relatively wide beamed boat carried well aft, giving a fine angle of entry but still allowing extensive internal volume for a spacious interior layout, coupled with the full length hull chine that carries the beam far out board to give the best form stability and with a hydrostatic spray rail to keep the wetted surface to a minimum for a given beam.

The design stands on experience of around 20 years of designing and building the world’s most advanced aluminium hulls. Rob Doyle Design has been at the cutting edge of this development, having been involved in the design of the world’s largest aluminium sailing hull structure of the 64m Perini Navi Felicita West and later the most technologically advanced aluminium hull of Royal Huisman’s 58m Ethereal, both projects pushing the classification societies to new grounds in performance aluminium structures.

Van Geest Design
+31 614 35 99 53
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Rob Doyle Design
+353 2 14 77 76 28
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