Vripack reveals 56m hybrid superyacht concept
by Olivia Michel
The Dutch and German shipyards have worked together to envision a contemporary yacht, designed with the tastes Middle Eastern or Asian owners in mind. With sheer lines, over-hanging bow and modern interiors, the yacht showcases a more "free-flowing" approach to nautical design – modelled instead on the layout of a high-end residence found in Hong Kong or Dubai.
The yacht boasts a range of indoor and outdoor lounge and dining spaces and two hot tubs can be found on the upper decks. The star feature of this concept, however, is the significant use of glass for decorative and structural features. A transparent glass balustrade runs the entire length of the yacht and eye-catching glass features are also on display in the in the owner’s suite.
Joost Mertens, the Vripack designer said,"It’s a project that takes glass to the next level, optimising all that the material has to offer. All the side walls of the superstructure are made of glass, there is no metal at all. The design is not constrained by any traditional yachting design rules.”
Another standout feature on board is its hybrid propulsion system developed specifically for this design. The superyacht is designed to be eco-friendly and will be powered by a compact propulsion system that reduces the engine height otherwise found in yachts of the same size. She will have a cruising speed of 11 knots and be able to reach a top speed of 14 knots.
Plus, as result of relocating the tender arrangement from the aft to the bow, direct access from the stern gives way to four equal-sized guest cabins which can sleep up to 10 guests. Opposite, an open plan gym and quarters for nine crewmembers complete the lower deck features.
"This concept presents a new segment for Nobiskrug," says Fadi Pataq, creative director at Nobiskrug. "In combining our strengths with Vripack, this environmentally-friendly, hybrid yacht with its modern design leaves no client wanting and is an excellent step-in model for owners who love the Nobiskrug brand but aren't ready for a 100 metre vessel."