Dutch studio Vripack has revealed an extra-wide iteration of its 25.9-metre explorer series, the Rock 85. Named the Rock XWide, it provides 35 per cent more interior space and 25 per cent more exterior space than the original design.
The first hull is currently under construction at Turkish shipyard Evadne Yachts, following the laying of the keel earlier this month.
“Rock XWide has an impressive 8.5m beam, and we not only made the design wider but also developed a refined interior layout,” said Vripack co-creative director Bart Bouwhuis. “We went ‘boom’ on the reinvention and the results are incredible.”
The additional interior room is most noticeable in the guest cabins, which have increased from three lower deck suites to four, not including the full-beam owner's cabin on the main deck forward. Two crew cabins are complemented by a "lighter and larger" galley than in previous models, as well as a new crew mess with breakfast bar seating.
By adding extra width amidships, rather than widening the side decks, the interior has remained relatively unchanged – though Vripack has prioritised more room for family dining and socialising as well as a "freer flow of movement". The previous door that led from the main saloon to the aft deck has been replaced with double sliding glass doors that open onto a new 2.5-metre plunge pool.
The wider design also comes with better stowage capacity, holding more toys on the top deck and larger tender storage on the swim platform.
Rock XWide has a transatlantic range and is anticipated to reach a maximum speed of 13 knots.
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