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On board G2: The Bill Tripp-designed sailing yacht that has undergone an award-winning revival

3 March 2023 • Written by BOAT International for Superyacht Partners

At a time when there is a chronic shortage of quality sailing superyacht stock on the market, the 39-metre Vitters G2 presents a unique opportunity for a new owner to buy one of the only high-performance vessels on the market. Listed for sale after a comprehensive refit, the yacht’s designer Bill Tripp and Superyacht Partners’ Will Bishop show BOAT International around this exciting proposition.

Gleaming in the sunlight in the busy Port of Palma, G2 (ex-Cinderella VI) instantly stands out as a pedigree superyacht. The yacht was subject to a ground-breaking rebuild in 2018, which was masterminded by her original designer Bill Tripp and undertaken by Pendennis. The result, according to Tripp, is that at a time when potential purchasers are struggling to find superior sailing yachts, G2 offers someone the chance to buy a yacht that is “on par with any of the top sailing yachts” on the water today.

Fresh from an eight-month refit out of Orams Marine in New Zealand, it is clear from the moment I step on board that G2 is far more than just a pretty face. The sailing yacht has an impressive cruising history and has just arrived back in Europe after giving her latest owner a once-in-a-lifetime adventure across the Pacific Ocean.

Tripp, who is the founder of the leading naval architectural firm Tripp Design, originally designed the yacht for an “old-school gentleman” with a passion for exploring. “This boat was flitting all over the world with her original owner, and when he passed, Will Bishop found her next owner who was interested in my take on a rebuild,” he explains.

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After the owners purchased the yacht, Tripp set about bringing this “take on the rebuild” to life. He assisted the current owners with the structural design and naval architecture and involved a few of his well-established industry contacts, including the engineers at Green Marine. British-based shipyard Pendennis was awarded the contract and Nauta Design came on board to reimagine a "light, simple, clean and balanced" interior.

The bright and airy G2 seen today is virtually unrecognisable from the original dark traditional sloop that once was. The major exterior change was the creation of a single deckhouse after removing the original deckhouse aft. This alteration has created a spacious, open flush aft deck complete with sunbathing cushions for guests to truly make the most of this space. The main cockpit area was also extended to include a larger dining area. As well as enhancing the feeling of space on board, the new layout has also improved the connection between guests and created more space for entertaining and unwinding. “She is a better boat now than when she was first launched,” enthuses Tripp.

Nauta Design, alongside Ruiter Quality Interiors, ensured that the transformation of the interior space was equally remarkable, while not compromising the yacht’s performance with extra weight. A soothing colour scheme was applied to a new split-level main-plan living area and the four resized staterooms. The yacht’s newly enlarged portholes and hull windows and two new skylights also allow additional light to flood the interior spaces.

The rebuild was so successful that G2 was the winner of the refit category at the 2019 World Superyacht Awards. As well as giving G2’s owner the yacht of their dreams in which to complete a circumnavigation, the rebuild also increased her charter potential. The well-considered layout and near-equal-sized staterooms make the yacht ideal for charter parties or large families. The integrated storage spaces, skylight hatches for fresh air, and silently operating generators and batteries all provide a comfortable and secure onboard environment that will help guests feel safe and at home wherever in the world she cruises.

To maintain this new high standard, no expense has been spared on the yacht’s maintenance, including her most recent eight-month refit period at Orams. “She had a great winter service down in New Zealand,” says Will Bishop, who is representing the yacht for sale and charter. “The owners' aim has always been to lessen the environmental impact of G2, to this end they have installed new larger generators with a Marquip deep particulate filters (DPF) paired with a lithium-ion battery bank. This system has proven to be far more effective in managing the boat's loads whilst also ensuring that exhaust gases are reduced to a minimum, a significant improvement for the yacht's operation whilst also reducing the emissions."

"Further to this, a comprehensive service schedule of all critical systems was undertaken, in addition to a host of other upgrades. G2 was repainted, a new custom tender from Smuggler tender equipped with a 115HP Yamaha outboard was purchased and the sail inventory was revised," adds Bishop.

G2 may have all the comforts and fulfil the standards you would expect of a superyacht, but first and foremost she is a state-of-the-art world cruising performance sailing yacht. “This boat was made to go the distance,” says Tripp. “She is seaworthy and self-sustainable – she is a boat that will take care of you while you venture around the planet.”

The yacht features a carbon composite hull, vertical bow, deep keel and narrow waterline that flairs upward to a generous beam at the deck. This makes motions through the waves comfortable while giving great space in the living area. She also has an inventive lifting keel system by APM. “Lifting keels supposedly take a lot of room from the interior, but not this one,” Tripp explains. “It’s invisible being located in a hallway bulkhead  and built based on crane technology to give great stability and access to shallower harbours.”

Fitted with a Southern Spars Rig and with a comprehensive Doyle Stratis sail inventory, Bishop believes G2 is yacht that a “sailor will appreciate”. “Being at the helm is more than enjoyable,” he says. “Unlike a lot of boats of this size which have hydraulic steering, G2 has cable steering and gives plenty of feedback. She doesn’t handle like you’d expect of a 40-metre yacht because her displacement hull design and lifting keel are all elements that not only set her apart, but make for a fantastic well-balanced sail. That said, the next owner of G2 could easily begin regatta racing.”

Tripp is also an advocate of the yacht’s “fun” sailing credentials. “Anyone can sail in 14-knot winds, so what you really want is a robust boat that can provide exciting sailing in any kind of wind,” he says. G2 can set sail quickly too; Tripp estimates that after leaving port, the yacht could be sailing in under seven minutes. “It takes just a few minutes to put the main sail up and put the keel down,” he explains.

For an adventurous sailor looking for their next vessel G2 is “absolutely ready to go”, according to Bishop. The yacht’s price is available upon application with VAT paid. In 2023, G2 is set to attend the Palma International Boat Show and the Monaco Yacht Show and is listed for charter and for sale with Superyacht Partners.

To find out more about the yacht and her detailed specifications, contact her broker Will Bishop directly at +33 7 49 40 45 05 or will@superyachtpartners.com

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