Ripples on the ocean floor and cuttlefish bones are just some of the remarkable natural inspirations behind this stunning new ketch design which is the result of a close collaboration between Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle design naval architecture. In a nod to her oceanic inspiration and perhaps also the impact she is expected to make in the yachting community, the 305 foot/93 metre mega ketch has been given the name “Ripple”.
The ground for this breathtaking collaboration was laid in 1999 when Rob Doyle and Van Geest worked together at the Ron Holland design studio in Ireland on what still remains the world’s largest ever composite built sloop, the 255 foot/78 metre Mirabella V. The two design studios took what they had learned from this build and put it into practise with the new Ripple, crafting a yacht that perfectly meets the modern yacht owner’s exacting standards and need for comfort onboard.
The design philosophy behind Ripple focuses on both providing enhanced interior spaces far roomier than those normally found on sailing yachts of this size and dedicating large quantities of deck area for guest use. To ensure Ripple’s guests have ample space for lounging and enjoying the outdoors, the two studios developed a clever design which where possible separates guest areas from operational areas manned by the crew. An example of this is the gorgeous sky deck which offers uninterrupted 360-degree views which are not cluttered by the presence of winches or blocks.
To guarantee the best possible guest experience, the designers have also thoughtfully created a swim platform complete with seawater pool by moving the tender storage forward to a well in the foredeck. This foredeck storage area has capacity for two 33 foot/10 metre guest tenders. Her exact interior layout remains a blank canvas at this point, but the versatile design offers an impressive 444m² of interior space on the main deck and 645m² on the lower deck which should offer ample room for owners to put their mark on this magnificent sailing yacht.