67 meter Sailing Superyacht Vertigo by Alloy Yachts

Alloy yachts is progressing well, and as planned, in the building of sailing ...

67 meter Sailing Superyacht Vertigo by Alloy Yachts

August 12, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

Alloy yachts is progressing well, and as planned, in the building of sailing yacht Vertigo which is a massive 67 meter (67.2m / 220ft) long ketch rigged superyacht. The new yacht is scheduled to be officially launched at the Auckland, New Zealand shipyard at the end of 2010. Superyacht Vertigo is a Philippe Briand designed luxury yacht and the hull project was previously known by build number AY41. The yacht is now in the fitting process and has taken the name “Vertigo”. Construction of the Vertigo yacht began around two years ago in October of 2008 and the new build boat hull and fitting has been moving steadily at the experienced shipyard, almost under a veil of secrecy, until details have now begun to properly surface.

The Vertigo luxury yacht will be an important private sailing yacht launch on a worldwide scale, and the vessel is also certainly another milestone for the New Zealand large superyacht builder, Alloy. Alloy Yachts also launched their then largest yacht, the new sailing yacht “Kokomo” (AY39) at the end of 2009 which is an impressive 58.40 meters in length overall. With S/Y Vertigo the Auckland, New Zealand yacht builder shipyard is now set to break this benchmark again in late 2010, in terms of size and luxury, with the launch and delivery of the 67 m ketch, slightly less than one year down the track.

Sailing Yacht Vertigo - as designed by Philippe Briand and launched by Alloy Yachts in 2010

Sailing Yacht Vertigo - as designed by Philippe Briand and launched by Alloy Yachts in 2010

From Alloy Yachts:

Alloy Yachts is proud to finally announce to the world the project that has kept everyone guessing for quite some time. In October 2008, Alloy Yachts began building the largest sailing yacht in their yard to date, the 220’ Briand ketch simply known as AY41. The interior design of the yacht is by the uber cool French designer, Christian Liaigre who’s brief from the client was for the yacht to feel “Urban at Sea”. Phillippe Briand’s brief from the client was to make this design a performance sailing yacht capable of world cruising. AY41 (Vertigo) will be launched in late 2010.

Yacht Vertigo - Profile Rendering

Yacht Vertigo - Profile Rendering

Sailing Yacht Vertigo’s Designers:

Philippe Briand enjoys a very successful track record in designing relatively fast, sleek and good looking performance type cruising yachts. In this tradition, luxury yacht Vertigo has easy on the eye and streamlined lines from bow to stern. This grace has been accomplished despite her impressive size and the fact that a spacious flybridge superstructure has been incorporated snugly into her lines. This is helped by her vast waterline length and efficient sail plan which utilises two masts to reduce constraints on mast height (for the Panama Canal) and other rig management inefficiencies. Essentially, superyacht Vertigo is a massive private sailing yacht and due consideration has been given by her designer to allow her design to maximize and optimize the use of the wind, hence her designed sail plan. All in all, superyacht Vertigo is destined to be a powerful boat under sail and her sailing performance will no doubt impress at any superyacht rally or yacht racing regattas.

Indeed, she is expected to reach near 20 knots in 20 knots of true wind, however, actual sea trials later in 2010 or early 2011 will confirm theses figures officially. Under motor she will be able to make an impressive speed of 17 knots with a range of near 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Sailing Yacht Vertigo - Foredeck and Flybridge View

Sailing Yacht Vertigo - Foredeck and Flybridge View

The Vertigo yacht has an interior which was designed by Christian Liaigre. Christian Liaigre is a French interior designer who is strongly associated with furniture design. He respects and promotes the principles of understatement and simplicity and yet is known to be able to interweave a touch of poetry and natural material in his work when appropriate. His design work is considered to “have generated a creative spirit based on the use of materials such as wood weathered by the sea and the sand, as well as fine leathers worked according to the traditions of saddle making.”

The luxury yacht’s interior design colour palette called for a light and airy atmosphere using walnuts and expanses of white surfaces with darkened sand blasted woods. This background allows for the custom designed furniture to blend seamlessly with the yacht owner’s considerations and preferences. And indeed the superstructure design of yacht Vertigo (Philippe Briand) has been covered with windows which enables a life spring of natural light to illuminate the Liaigre designed interior.

A Design Rendering of Superyacht VERTIGO - AY41

A Design Rendering of Superyacht VERTIGO - AY41

The Yacht’s Luxury Accommodations:

The owner of Vertigo has a wonderful master cabin which is located to aft of amidships. In addition, four guest rooms are gathered around the core of the boat, with crew accommodation positioned further forward towards her bow. Te crew area component is large enough to accommodate for up to 11 members. Moving further to aft of the Master cabin is a lazarette garage which is to be used for the storage and maintenance of water toys, along with other peripheral marine equipment. Likewise, at the other end of the huge private sailing superyacht, in the bow, locker styled pockets have been designed and built to house a pair of 6 meter yacht tenders. From there the tenders can be deployed and launched from the deck of the bow, without reducing space and functionality of the luxury yacht’s ever treasured water interface – her aft transom area.

Alloy Yachts, one of New Zealand’s (and the World’s) most noteworthy and well respected superyacht ship building yards, is well on course to finishing and launching their largest build to date – yacht Vertigo is set to officially launch in December 2010 and she will then be delivered early in 2011 to her eager owners. It will be very interesting to see how the yacht is judged if she enters any world superyacht awards.

Superyacht Vertigo - The Profile Rendering of the Mighty Ketch Sailing Yacht

Superyacht Vertigo - The Profile Rendering of the Sail Plan of the Mighty Ketch Sailing Yacht

The Specifications of Vertigo Yacht (AY41):


LOA 67.2m (220ft)
LWL 61.0m (200ft)
Beam 12.53m (41.1ft)
Draft 5.05m (16.5ft)

Yacht Design and Builders:

BUILDER Alloy Yachts
DESIGNER Phillipe Briand Yacht Design
INTERIOR DESIGN Christian Liaigre Interior Design


Sails North Sails
Sail Area 5330m²
Mast/Boom/Rigging Southern Spars New Zealand & EC6+
Furlers Reckmann
Winches Alloy Yachts Custom

Machinery and Engineering:

Main Engines 2 x Caterpillar C32 DI-TTA V12, 1400
BHP each @ 2300 RPM (1044 bkW)
Bow/Stern thrusters Alloy Yachts Vertical Hyd and American
Bow Thrusters 200HP Trac 28
Generators 2 x Caterpillar C9 200kW
Fuel 64,000 litres approx
Water 13,900 litres approx

Alloy Yachts Vertigo - General Arrangement

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