Following an amazingly successful 2015, the well known design and naval architecture company Vitruvius Yachts is set to enter the year 2016 with plenty of fully custom motoryacht projects. These are on the drafting table and in build at a number of top class manufacturers, and vary in size from 60 to 105m in length.
2015 was a landmark year for Vitruvius Yachts, with three luxury motoryachts of 50m, 55m and 73m handed over by Italian shipyard Picchiotti since 2010, and a completed conversion on the 71m explorer vessel Enigma XK at Atlantic Refit Center.
Mrs Veerle Battiau, Director of Vitruvius Yachts, commented on the year’s successes: “We are excited by what the future holds at Vitruvius Yachts. As well as our ongoing relationship with Picchiotti, this year we secured some wonderful new projects that look set to take our designs in new and challenging directions. The vision of our head designer Philippe Briand, complemented by the skills of his 10-strong team of design and naval architecture specialists, is now to be realized by world-class superyacht builders in three countries within the next three years.”
The company has signed two new build projects, including a 58m motoryacht to be built at Feadship de Vries. Due to be delivered in 2018, the vessel will boast a design reference of a ‘beach house on the water’. Another new build project represents the 80m VY80, the first yacht to be commissioned under the newly rebranded Turquoise name. Scheduled for completion in 2018, she will feature significant use of glass to give a sense of transparency and openness, while maintaining an intimate ‘family feeling’. Moreover, she will boast a dedicated owner’s deck and will comfortably sleep 12 guests and 21 crew members. As with the multi-award winning 73m Grace E, the VY80 will provide remarkable amount of space for wellness and fitness adjacent to the beach club, as well as 395sqm of exterior decks, an infinity swimming pool and two Jacuzzis.
Announced this autumn, the 105m Acquaintance concept from Vitruvius Yachts would be constructed by highly respected Dutch builder Oceanco, as a Passenger Yacht Code compliant motoryacht that stretches over amazing 4,302 gross tonnes. It could sleep up to 24 guests, double the maximum quota for superyachts built to the Large Yacht Code. In keeping with Vitruvius Yachts’ core philosophy of balance, efficiency and optimisation, Acquaintance has been designed to be 20 per cent more efficient than any other vessel of its size. The waterside spa deck opens out onto a beach club-style lounging space with a skylight to the swimming pool above and a waterfall feature dividing the space.
“We are enjoying the creative challenges of our projects, as Vitruvius Yachts grows and develops. We are seeing the market embrace our design philosophy, which is very gratifying,” concluded Battiau.