The German shipyard YYachts has started working on constructing their latest flagship model Y9, with the first unit already sold and named Paula. The new sailing yacht is due for delivery in summer 2021.Photo: YYachtsWith an overall length of 27.4-metres, the Y9 is a lightweight sailing yacht designed with a no-frills layout and only essential features. The exteriors come from the drawing boards of Bill Tripp of the American studio Tripp Design Naval Architects while the interiors are a collaboration between Norm Architects and Design Unlimited.
YYachts founder Michael Schmidt says, "With her length of 90 feet, the yacht has an interesting rating and is for sure able to win some trophies at the St Barths Bucket, the Superyacht Cup or the Maxi Rolex Cup".
According to Michael Schmidt, several discussions with various superyacht owners were influential for the development of the Y9, "Actually, customers were interested in 100 feet in length. However, from this size upwards - in my experience - yachts become disproportionately expensive because many custom-built components have to be installed. With our expertise, we have therefore implemented the comfort of a 100-foot yacht on a length of 90 feet. With our new Y9 we are entering the superyacht segment.”Photo: YYachtsBuilt completely from carbon fibre to optimise performance, she has a transversely arranged tender garage in the stern and a separate owner's apartment which consists of a private saloon, a dressing room, a bedroom and a bathroom with double washbasin including a separate shower.
Katrine Goldstein, Managing Director of Norm Architects, says, "The Y9 already follows the award-winning Y7 in its design, but is much more complex and goes deeper. The Y9 will also be a luxurious retreat to get away from the constant stimulation that our everyday lives bring.”
Mark Tucker, founder of Design Unlimited added, "Clients will appreciate the authenticity of our design and the sustainable materials we recommend. People are increasingly orienting themselves towards nature: taking from nature and giving back to nature. This principle is particularly pervasive in the luxury market." Photo: YYachtsThe Y9 model offers two interior layout options which can be customized to suit the owners’ needs. The interiors designed by the two studios have a "soft minimalist" theme with oiled oak and grey fabrics throughout. The crew areas have been designed to be larger than the norm, with additional storage space and a crew lounge made available. The multi-purpose crew areas allow for the captain’s cabin to also be used as the crew lounge during the day.