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.
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.