Inside the evolution of Vripack's SUV of the seas

10 April 2021

An explorer yacht like no other, explorer yacht ROCK is the SUV of the seas. Building on the design’s natural momentum, two new size ranges have been created to form the all-new rock series.

Inspired by the durability of marble and the lauded Land Rover, yet softened by the warmth of a tactile interior, 24 metre ROCK designed by Dutch studio Vripack is built for comfortable adventure. It is defined by a voluminous open plan layout boasting 20 per cent more internal volume in square metres than any other comparable 24 metre boat. With a fast displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure, ROCK was warmly received as the yachting world’s first pocket rocket when it internationally debuted in Cannes in 2018.

In addition to an interior that is akin to a contemporary loft apartment, ROCK possesses a high straight bow to intercept rough seas and a low aft for easy access to the water. Full height windows deliver uninterrupted sight lines. The dining area features one of the largest glass panels found on board a yacht of its size. The owner’s cabin is defined by a private terrace with sweeping 180-degree views, and a Jacuzzi on the sun deck completes the package.

With hull number three now under construction at Turkish shipyard Evadne Yachts, the Dutch design firm wasted no time in sketching ideas for a new iteration of the mighty ROCK. The result is a fully-fledged series. At 33 metre ROCK XL is the bigger brother and commenced construction in September 2020. It increases the already large interior volume to an impressive 265 GT facilitating more storage space in the bow, improved crew quarters and a 5.6 metre tender on the transom.

“We took all the key elements of the 24 metre ROCK and made it bigger and better,” comments Vripack designer Robin de Vries on the ROCK XL design process. “And that may sound simple, but at the core of that premise is an evolved owner and guest experience.”

At then there’s BIG ROCK. At 42 metre BIG ROCK is the daddy of the group and is ready to talk business. A large amount of sustainability-focused technology implemented by Vripack and Evadne Yachts will carry through to the two new designs, meaning owners can look forward to a silent night with the onboard lithium battery pack. And thanks to Vripack’s proven engineered platform, the series benefits from a shortened build time – an estimated 16 months.

All three yachts that make up the ROCK series are designed to serve owners’ requirements to the fullest across three different size ranges while maintaining the robust and spacious nature of ROCK’s masculine design DNA.

“The original ROCK is now owned by a Swiss client who gets heavy use out of the yacht,” says de Vries. “They are on board for six months of the year and treat it as their home at sea. The bonus for us is that all of the owner’s feedback that we receive is implemented in the subsequent designs and build.”