8 New Ideas in Sailing Yacht Design

Perini Navi, Royal Huisman, Swan, Holland Jachtbouw and more are turning heads.

November 28, 2015

Swan 115S

Swan 115S Hull No. 1 made her public debut in September, and Swan already has three more 115s in build. Courtesy Swan

As the owners of investment-grade sailing yachts ­continue to ­demand more from their vessels, the world’s top designers and shipyards are responding with smart designs, technological ­advancements and enhanced construction methods. It is no longer enough to have a yacht that sails well; today’s owners want to win ­regattas, cruise in comfort for long stretches and enjoy motoryacht-caliber ­comforts from their cockpits to their staterooms. Swan ‘s new flagship, the 115S, offers all of that and more with a new hull design by German Frers.

Royal Huisman

Royal Huisman: They’re calling her “The Beast,” which is what the owner of the 190-foot Ngoni asked the Dutch yard to create. Due for delivery in spring 2017, this Ed Dubois design has a 233-foot rig for fast, furious sailing. Courtesy Royal Huisman


Dubois: No, that isn’t a superyacht beach club, but it sure does mimic the idea with a great deal of beauty. Dubois designed the 35M Super Stern for an existing owner. A shipyard has yet to be chosen, but delivery is expected in summer 2017. Courtesy Dubois
Perini Navi: The 60M series designed in collaboration with Ron Holland continues to be a winner for the Italian builder, with Hull No. 3 due for delivery in 2017. Hull No. 2, christened Perseus3, is already a charter standout.

Friendship Yacht Company

Friendship Yacht Company: Jimmy Buffett ordered Hull No. 1 of the Surfari 44, with a foldout transom that designer Ted Fontaine calls the “tailgate.” Look for the yacht to launch in November. Courtesy Friendship Yacht Company


Vitters: By the time you read this, Project 3072 should be christened with an official name. She’s the first Vitters sailing yacht built from a German Frers design, and she is expected to light up the regatta circuit. Courtesy Vitters
Holland Jachtbouw: Andre Hoek designed Topaz, the J8 launched this past summer, based on an unbuilt 1938 Frank Paine design. Look for her in Bermuda in 2017.

Replica of Yankee: An Idea for the Ages

The news that J Class yachts will return to the America’s Cup (yes!) with a regatta in Bermuda in 2017 has top designers and builders thinking about classic yachts they would like to see reborn in time for the event. Dykstra Naval Architects has plans ready for a replica of Yankee. She is based on the Frank Paine design that defended the Cup in 1930, and she incorporates cutting-edge technology. She will be “quite small and light, and very nimble,” according to designer Jeroen de Vos. Holland Jachtbouw has exclusive rights to use the Yankee designs and is ready to begin construction immediately. If built, the replica would become J9 in the J Class fleet and would be eligible to join the other eight J Class yachts that are expected to attend the Bermuda regatta — in what could become the first time in history that more than five J Class yachts have competed against one another. Courtesy Dykstra

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