The Dutch yacht design, naval architecture and engineering studio says its cross over concept takes the best of both the commercial and yachting industries. Robert Wielaard reports from the Netherlands.

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Vripack’s Cross Over concept saves 25% in build time, the Dutch studio says

Vripack, the Dutch yacht design, naval architecture and engineering studio, has unveiled a “cross over” building approach. The new concept allows the construction of a superyacht on the hull of a commercial vessel.

The result, Vripack says, is a robust high-end yacht that can be built in 25% less time than is now the case.

“In our Cross Over concept, an existing hull becomes the basis of a luxury yacht,” Nienke Tromp, Vripack’s PR and marketing manager, told Superyacht Business.

Tromp explains: “Just like car makers turn out 4×4 vehicles. The step to a Cross Over yacht is a small one. The yacht is a more robust but still packed with luxury. It ticks all the boxes of a yacht as we all know it: smart without having to compromise in quality.”

The Dutch studio has lined up Germany’s Fassmer Werft, a commercial yard that specializes in designing and building one-off, special-purpose vessels, to provide 75m hulls to be finished to superyacht quality.

Tromp also told SB that Vripack will also collaborate with a Dutch yard that will provide 42m hulls. The name of the shipyard has not been disclosed.

Fassmer CEO Harald Fassmer says his yard’s heavy-duty vessels are very suited for the Cross Over concept. It also keeps costs down as parts are available off-the-shelf.