Owner's story: Why I chose Vripack's 33m ROCK XL

6 September 2021

When Evadne shipyard owner Ali Sayakci set out to build a true explorer yacht, he knew there was only one design firm that could share his vision. A previous collaboration with Vripack in the early 2000s cemented that feeling, and in 2018, hull number one in the ROCK series made its world debut at Cannes. Three years on, the story has evolved into a fully-fledged family, with ROCK XL now firmly in the spotlight.

“We already knew of Vripack’s unmatched heritage and capability in the explorer yacht category,” comments Sayakci, whose family heritage is entrenched in sailing and shipbuilding in Turkey. “Vripack yachts were crossing the Northwest Passage and undertaking tough journeys long before other lightweight explorers even entered the market. Our aim was to build a capable yacht that guarantees onboard comfort in the roughest seas, and for that we needed Vripack.”

Natural evolution

Originally inspired by the durability of marble and Land Rover, yet softened by the warmth of a tactile interior, the Vripack-designed 24m ROCK was built for a comfortable adventure. At 33 metres, ROCK XL is the "bigger brother" in the line and construction for the yacht commenced in September 2020. The design increases an 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.

Of utmost importance for Sayakci is the series’ transatlantic capability: “Most options on the yacht market are built from GRP moulded hulls, which I don’t consider to be the best option for a sturdy explorer vessel. To achieve the look and onboard experience that we were after, we knew we required a steel and aluminium construction to attain ultimate strength and technical superiority.”

Designed to explore

All three models in the ROCK series possess 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. Defined by large glass panels, private terraces and sweeping 180-degree views, the evolving interior design process has been just as robust as the characterising naval architecture.

“We took all the key elements of the 24m 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.”

All of the guest cabins on board ROCK XL are 50% bigger. The owner’s quarter with a private spa, gym, office, bedroom, and terrace area is more than double in size. Equipped with a dedicated swimming pool and lounge area, it strengthens the connection between interior and exterior.

Building better

A large amount of sustainability-focused technology implemented by Vripack and Evadne Yachts carries through to the new design, meaning owners can look forward to a silent night with the onboard lithium battery pack.

“We followed advancements in automotive design to inspire the exterior profile,” says Sayakci. “I am proud to say that ROCK and ROCK XL have become role models for explorer yacht new builds in Turkey and around the world. We have created compact ships with serious strength, real comfort and sustainable advances in yacht design and construction.”