HERE’S THE BIG QUESTION: How on earth is it possible to choose only 240 pages’ worth of material when discussing one of the most successful yacht-design firms in modern has done, offering a rare look not only at interior and exterior designs that have come off Vripack drafting tables since Dick Boon penned the firm’s first wooden sailboat in 1961, but also giving an insider’s explanation of engineering and naval architecture that have gone into many of the designs since then. Readers can forge a new understanding of the company’s creative process, as well as note plenty of ideas for yachts they might want to commission in the future.¶ The sheer breadth of design styles that Vripack has turned out sets the firm apart from most others past and present. There’s the 122-foot Zeepaard expedition yacht, whose globe-cruising owner eventually removed the windshield wipers, since the bridge wasn’t seeing a drop of water in any ocean. At the other end of the spectrum is the Wajer 38, a sleek 37-foot superyacht tender that can top 40 knots. There’s the 164-foot Envy5, with aft platforms that lower to port and starboard, opening the onboard gymnasium to fresh breezes and views. There’s the Bavaria E40, a 40-footer whose entire interior was created through virtual prototyping, saving time in the design process. ¶ Vripack’s ability to work creatively and intelligently has earned the firm no fewer than 40 awards in leading superyacht competitions. Some of those award-winning designs are in this book, which is a lovely design unto itself.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from Yachting

Yachting2 min read
Make It Yours
83'6" LENGTH OVERALL 20'8" MAXIMUM BEAM OPEN OR CLOSED BRIDGE? That is just one of a string of options available to owners of Ocean Alexander’s 84R, a yacht created with customization in mind. ¶ The R is for Revolution, and this model follows on the
Yachting5 min read
Design driven
The MJM 53z is a Down East-inspired design, accented by stainless-steel bow rails that average around 30 inches high and mirror the form of the yacht’s fine entry. The rails sweep down the vessel’s razorlike profile and resolve amidships, where a cle
Yachting2 min read
The Itch
THREE YEARS AGO, MY OLDER BROTHER AND I sold the last boat we shared. The two of us have long owned boats together. During the past 19 years, we’ve owned three of them. Our similar taste in boats has always amazed me because we are such dramatically