Love at first sight: Vripack’s oh-so-roomy SUV of the sea

SNEEK _ When he contacted Vripack, the owner recalls today, he wanted a rugged yacht oozing sex appeal. He adds: “Many of the practiced explorer concepts did not meet the aesthetic and technical criteria I was looking for.”

24m Rock interior

And when he saw Vripack’s work, Kah-boom! It was love at first sight when the Dutch naval architect and design house showed him its concept of an ‘SUV yacht.’ Built at the Turkish yard of Evadne, the 25 Rock is an explorer yacht designed for comfortable adventure, says Vripack Senior Designer Robin de Vries. It boasts 44% more interior space and 49% more exterior space than an average or similar-sized yacht.

Vripack ardently practices holistic design. It embraces wholes, body-and-mind complete systems assigning equal weight to design, materials, engineering and naval architecture. It calls Rock a yacht inspired by the “durability of marble and Land Rover, softened by the warmth of a tactile interior.”

“On board, the family will always be facing the sea. That’s how we designed her,” says De Vries. The dining area features one of the largest glass panels on board a 24m yacht, providing panoramic vistas. The owner’s cabin has a private terrace providing a 180-degree view.

Rock boasts a voluminous open-plan layout and uninterrupted sight lines. Its interior features textured fabrics, soft furnishings, maple wood finishes and angular 3D shapes. It has a plumb bow to tame rough seas and a low aft for easy access to the water. There are 3 guest cabins and a Jacuzzi on the sun deck.

The yacht has a fuel-efficient Fast Displacement steel hull and aluminum superstructure. It achieves a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. Powered by 2 100HP CAT C12 engines it has a transatlantic range of 3000 Nm.

24m Rock – owners cabin

Rock was sold to her current owner at the 2018 Cannes Boat Show. Currently, a second hull is under construction in Turkey.

Vripack was founded in 1961. Its portfolio exceeds 7,400 designs. The company says its holistic approach to the yacht design ensures “that we produce better boats in less time.”