Vripack’s Defender Based on the Doggersbank

The Dutch design firm developed the yacht for a repeat client of Turkey’s Alia shipyard.
Vripack Defender
The Defender will have an open-plan layout for its interiors, with wood in its walls and overhead. Courtesy Vripack

The Dutch design studio Vripack has announced details about the Defender, a yacht based on the firm’s long-popular Doggersbank model.

Alia Yachts in Turkey had a repeat client who asked Vripack to develop the Defender, a 98-foot yacht that is intended to be used for long-distance exploration as well as weekend cruising.

The Defender has a high, flared bow and an exterior that Vripack calls “muscular and military in style,” with a gray steel hull and bare metallic details.

Outdoor amenities include dining and lounging areas on the main deck, as well as dining and seating on the flybridge, which is protected by a hardtop and a wraparound windscreen. A crane is also up top for launching toys that can complement a towed tender.

Two fold-down terraces are aft and are slightly raised to “avoid slapping waves” at anchor, according to Vripack. The terraces expand the relaxation space by nearly 12 feet.

Inside, there’s an open-plan layout along with extensive use of wood throughout the walls and overhead, and LED lighting for soft illumination.

“As with all Vripack designs, she has the capability for guests to spend longer aboard should they wish, but the onus is on sprawling space to get the most out of frequent short trips,” Bart Bouwhuis, co-creative director at Vripack, stated in a press release.

What are the overnight accommodations? The Defender has a full-beam master stateroom, a VIP stateroom and two guest staterooms with twin berths. There’s also two crew cabins.

Where to learn more: go to vripack.com