icon_arrow_down icon_arrow_left icon_arrow_left_large icon_arrow_right icon_arrow_right_large icon_arrow_up icon_bullet_arrow icon_call icon_close icon_facebook icon_googleplus icon_grid_off icon_instagram icon_login icon_mail icon_menu icon_message icon_minus icon_pinterest icon_plus icon_quote_end icon_quote_start icon_refresh icon_search icon_tick_on icon_twitter icon_video_play icon_youtube

Sign up to our mailing list for the latest Boat International & Events news.


Missing your newsletter?

If you’ve unsubscribed by mistake and would like to continue to hear about the latest Boat International & Events news, update your preferences now and let us know which emails you’d like to receive.

No, thanks
Vripack unveils 85m expedition superyacht concept Liquid Silver

Vripack unveils 85m expedition superyacht concept Liquid Silver

Marnix Hoekstra of Dutch designer Vripack spoke to us at the Monaco Yacht Show about an 85m evolution of its landmark expedition superyacht Dione Sky (ex-Turmoil).

The Liquid Silver concept, which was inspired by the first true expedition superyacht Dione Sky (and was originally known as Turmoil II), retains the practicalities of this much smaller design, but wraps them in a less utilitarian-looking superstructure. It is a progression that Hoekstra believes represents the future of superyachts.

‘I think in the future boats will be hybrids like this,’ says Hoekstra, Vripack sales director, ‘the boxes boats were originally put into – you have a boat for this, a boat for that – that will disappear. People don’t want to stay in a harbour all the time any more, they want to have the capability to go to very remote places, but they won’t only have to do that in a boat which looks like a research vessel.’

Many previous Vripack projects such as 46m Dione Sky and 37m Axantha featured a typical research vessel shape - high bow, then aft a deck space for tenders with a low sheerline, rising further aft to the height of the superstructure.

‘Our designers said if we extend the bow into the superstructure, the boat becomes differently balanced – and from a very functional point of view. A lot of owners today don’t want to see their tenders, or they want to cover their tenders during an ocean crossing because you get heavy weather. ‘

Liquid Silver's forecastle is directly connected to the owner’s deck, making the lines cleaner and while retaining the practical location of the boat deck, it is simply enclosed. The design also allows efficient routing of crew around the boat, as well as a dedicated crew deck above the waterline but under the main deck.

Upgrade your account
Your account at BOAT International doesn't include a BOAT Pro subscription. Please subscribe to BOAT Pro in order to unlock this content.
Subscribe More about BOAT Pro