Vripack named their winning concept 'Sweet Child' after the Guns N' Roses hit Sweet Child O' Mine which provided the soundtrack to their sketching. Vripack co-creative director Marnix Hoekstra talks about the inspiration behind the split-level design...
How challenging did you find the brief?
What do you want me to say?! I mean, you’ve got submarines and hydrogen and fitness centres… your readers are a proper intersection of the average customer. We’ve really enjoyed working on this together with the team. We’ve actually been doing more and more sailboats recently, and it’s so interesting to do design wise.
What was the starting point?
It was very much the fact that owners have been asking us for sailboats with better water access. You can’t design it like a motor yacht, it’s a different beast. We wanted to create some areas of privacy, but at the same time proper social spaces, and very safe areas on board to cross the ocean – that’s why we started with the split level idea. On the back of the boat you’ll see a pretty low owner's deck, an owner access area that leads to these origami opening glass doors, and then on top of that is a centre cockpit with the steering position in the back, so when you do long crossings that’s a very safe, high, nice position to be in. We’ve lengthened all of the windows so you’re out of the wind, out of the waves, and then the owner's deck that has the black fly personal drone landing, because, obviously we don’t do helicopters anymore.
What are some of the standout details?
You can see them on the 3D sketch. Solar sails are so 2019, so we don’t do that anymore, we do perouskite solar which is a new breed of printable solar. It has a very high efficiency, the current sails would be maybe 20% efficient, these would go beyond 40%, maybe even 50%, so they’re the sails you want. I’ve mentioned the black fly personal drone landing, and that ticks a massive amount of boxes, because with that we don’t need a heli-hanger, we don’t need a crow’s nest. You step on your personal drone, and you can remotely sail your boat from that – it’s a must have.
How did you incorporate Guns N' Roses into the design?
By playing 'Sweet Child of Mine' at max volume on the stereo the whole time we were drawing! I’m pretty anti-violence, so I’ve neglected the gun part, and kept it on Sweet Child, which Bart and I found much more soothing, more in keeping with a beautiful, peaceful sailboat.