Vitruvius Yachts, a UK-based international superyacht design firm based in London, has created a new range of yachts that are available in a variety of design choices. The range includes six motoryachts from 45m-50m, as well as a 55m explorer sailing yacht under the Philippe Briand brand.
Owners are able to mix ‘Mediterranean’ styling with ‘explorer’ and ‘expedition’ features. The comfort, space and luxury of a Mediterranean yacht, for instance, can be combined with the long-range efficiency and rugged capabilities of an explorer.
“We understand that today’s owners want to use their yachts to host glamourous parties on the French Riviera or the Greek Islands as well as venture to remote Pacific islands or even the polar regions,” says Briand, designer and naval architect at Vitruvius Yachts.
“In response, we have created a collection of concepts that showcase the iterations transitioning from expedition to explorer to Mediterranean yacht. It helps an owner to visualise where they would like to place their yacht in terms of capabilities across different environments.”
The 'Scientific Style Expedition' is the most rugged of the designs, with space for two 9m tenders, toys or a sailing boat on the aft deck. Available as an efficient, aluminium-hulled 50m yacht or a 45m steel-hulled Ice Class yacht, it has the distinctive low-profile features of past 50m-plus Vitruvius yachts Galileo G and Exuma.
An alternative variation of this yacht in the same proportions and hull materials is also available with a two-level garage layout, which also features a helipad for additional adventurous travel.
The 'Expedition Beach Club' concept, available as a steel, 45m Ice Class yacht, has a lowered engine room position, allowing for the lazarette to be converted into a beach club for on-water entertainment.
The 'Explorer' concept, also available as a 50m aluminium yacht or a 46m steel yacht with Ice Class hull, has space under the foredeck for stowage of further tenders and multiple toys. These are accessed via gull-wing doors on each side of the yacht.
The 45m 'Crossover concept' combines the capabilities and aesthetics of Vitruvius’s explorer yachts with leisure and social aspects of a more traditional superyacht. It is available as an efficient aluminium-hull yacht or Ice Class steel hull.
The 50m 'Expedition Mediterranean' concept bears all the hallmark elements of a Vitruvius Yacht, including balanced superstructure, contemporary lines and efficient hull for long-range cruising. It also brings new dimensions to a yacht’s operational versatility.
The aft section of the Expedition Mediterranean has been maximised to stow large, robust tenders and toys in the lazarette for such exploits away from the mothership. Adding glamour and comfort, the main aft deck features an optional infinity pool to starboard with a fold-down beach terrace on each side of the yacht. There is also ample space for social gatherings or toys to assist in exploration.
“We are very excited by the new yacht concepts in this boundary-crossing range,” says Veerle Battiau, general manager at Vitruvius. “The designs include varying combinations of expedition yacht features – such as a large garage, a long aft deck and helipad – with the efficient hull of an explorer and the exterior leisure space, interior comforts and access to the sea of a Mediterranean yacht. The yachts break the conventional design barriers.”
Under the Philippe Briand sailing brand, the designer has also created a 55m superyacht that represents the capabilities of exploration under sail. The design was first inspired by a brief from a Californian yacht owner who was seeking long-range explorer for cruising in the Pacific Ocean. The essential criteria included a high maximum speed, an open, inside-outside style of living space, large tenders of up to 6.5m for trips ashore in remote areas, and a sizeable lazarette that converts to a beach club or fitness centre.