Bill Tripp and Winch Design combine to stunning effect on YYacht's latest carbon build. Yachting Word's Toby Hodges toured this bespoke YYachts Tripp 90 during the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021
Over the past few years YYachts has cemented a reputation for producing large composite yachts that are remarkably uncomplicated and therefore easy and fun to sail. The German yard’s latest launch is a custom YYachts Tripp 90, which was unveiled at the recent Cannes boat show, where she was on display next to the existing YYachts Y7 and Y8 models.
The new boat was developed for an American owner who plans to use it for both worldwide cruising and racing. Key requirements included the ability to operate with only three sailors when cruising, yet be competitive in regatta mode.
YYachts tends to eschew deck saloons with huge expanses of glass, as these heat the boat’s interior, placing a greater dependence on air conditioning systems. However, a key part of the brief for the YYachts Tripp 90 was to be able to look out to sea when sitting in the saloon.
The solution designer Bill Tripp developed is a relatively low profile New England-style coachroof with extensive vertical glazing.
Nevertheless, when the sun is almost overhead this will not contribute significantly to heating the accommodation.
Winch Design drew on both US East Coast and mid 20th century Scandinavian influences for the interior styling. This combines soft leather with a mixture of timbers to produce an atmosphere of understated elegance.
Key features include a split-level saloon, hand-crafted companionway steps that evoke a waterfall, impressive sightlines running the length of the boat, ‘freestanding’ mid-century inspired pieces, and a real continuity of style and materials throughout.
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During the summer of 2021 the boat was undergoing sea trials on the Baltic, from where Tripp reported “the yacht sails exceptionally well… we have set a standard here.”
YYachts Tripp 90 specifications
LOA: 29.77m 97ft 7in
LWL: 27.46m 90ft 1in
Beam: 6.80m 22ft 4in
Draught: 4.64m 15ft 3in
Displacement: 55,700kg 123,000lb
Ballast: 20,000kg 44,100lb
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