Nordhavn-Vripack link-up: ‘sturdy’ meets ‘contemporary chic’

SNEEK _ Vripack, the Dutch design, engineering and naval architecture studio, is working on optional interiors for the new N80 of Nordhavn, the US builder of more than 15 sturdy, no-nonsense trawler yachts to 46m (150 ft.)

Vripack interior Nordhavn N80

With decades of experience and a portfolio of over 7,400 designs, Vripack says it looks forward to “a long and successful relationship” to lift the Nordhavn brand to a new level. Their collaboration marks a major departure for the Los Angeles-area builder.

Vripack designs are a far cry from Nordhavn’s traditional and predictable American interiors. Vripack has a penchant for contemporary aesthetics and reveals that in muted woods, neutral tones and soft hues.

Nordhavn N86 interior

In recent years, Vripack has pursued an edgy, holistic design style rooted in global trends in colors and materials. Vripack co-owner Bart Bouwhuis says he connected with Nordhavn saying the American yard’s commitment to make “owners feel at home at sea” meshes with Vripack’s philosophy.

“We are very engaged in new technologies and innovation,” says Vripack marketing chief Nienke Tromp. “We are increasingly focused on design, but, of course, based on our engineering and naval architectural expertise.” Vripack has done design work for other serial builders of motor yachts, including Bavaria and Wajer.

Vripack interior Nordhavn N80

Nordhavn makes very practical, full-displacement yachts for long-range cruising in comfort. Its first N80 will be launched in 2019. There will be a couple of optional layouts facilitating a master suite behind the bridge in lieu of the traditional sky lounge or a captain’s cabin behind the wheelhouse.

The standard version will feature 4 cabins, accommodate 2 crew members and is powered by twin John Deere 375HP diesels. “In the long term we hope to collaborate with Nordhavn on several projects,” says Tromp.