Already for years Turkish yard Evadne and project managers Tufan and Brothers have a strong relationship with Dutch Studio Vripack in building small yachts that are like gems on the water. When they met with yacht owner Ali Sayakci, they connected on all levels and jointly created a modern fast explorer solid as a Rock.
“When I began to ideate the MY Rock concept, my utmost concern was how to make a sturdy and rugged yacht with sex appeal”, says Mr Sayakci. “Many of the practiced explorer concepts did not meet the aesthetic and technical criteria I was looking for. Their designer Robin de Vries of Vripack introduced us to the concept of a SUV yacht and it was love at first sight.”
To create a design that’s more than meets the eye is what they do best at Vripack and MY Rock is another fine example. Robin de Vries explains his design approach, “In order to draw a radical new style which is future proof I adapted our VriThinking method which let me to the trend of Marble we’ve been spotting for a couple of years. To adopt the masculinity of the stone with feminine shapes of a yacht created a style that was spot on for this owner. Working in a Holistic design team my colleagues from Naval Architecture and Engineering provided from day one the right tools which makes MY Rock a true Vripack explorer.”
The uniquely lined vessel is under construction at the Evadne yard with project management support by Tufan and Brothers. Ready to be launched early 2018 she will be noticed especially for her interior volume use. “On board the Family will always be facing the sea, that’s how we designed her,” continuous De Vries, “although a rather open plan layout the routing and furniture is placed more like a modern loft than traditional yacht. In plan view that creates an a-symmetric layout which at first sight startles you, yet you don’t experience your time on board in plan view. When you actually use the yacht at sea it all makes sense.”
On board the Family will always be facing the sea, that’s how we designed her
Robin de Vries, Designer at Vripack
MY Rock is designed with Vripack her Fast Displacement hull allows speeds up to 16 knots with two CAT C12 engines at 1000hp and at 12 knots she still boasts a Transatlantic range of 3000 Nm. Her contemporary interiors are designed by the Vripack Studio as well. Angler 3D shapes from Maple Bush wood are contrasted with soft tactile couches, continuing the exterior theme on the inside.
“We kept her length in a fashion to be able to get in virgin areas of Mediterranean. MY Rock has a high straight bow to intercept rough seas and low aft to be close to sea as some sea gurus prefer”, continues owner Sayakci. “Last few decades mega yachts went into an adolescent race of length. While their providing more space and comfort at the same time they probably are alienating the passengers from a connection to the sea and nature. For me Vripack managed to pack a super yacht comfort and floor space in a moderate size while achieving an impressive speed.”