When it comes to super sailing yachts, Vitters Shipyard easily tops the list. Our most recent Vitters feature, Ganesha, proves just that but for this week we have a new inclusion from the Dutch shipyard dubbed Unfurled. This is an award winning yacht that has already claimed an early racing career victory within the first few months after delivery.
The owners are experienced sailors, having owned three previous high performance cruisers. Unfurled also brought to the table design skills from Argentinian Germán Frèrs who incidentally designed the first Unfurled sailing yacht for the owners in 1999, the vessel has since been renamed to Spiip.
Frers’ task was to surpass his past objectives by taking advantage of modern technology while ensuring flow and function on the high performance cruiser. This was the first Vitters yacht to be designed by Frers, and the owners were generally impressed, saying “Unfurled has exceeded our expectations in terms of build quality, performance and overall visual beauty.”
In addition to the beautiful design lines, Frers left no stone untouched when considering functionality at sea by refining the hull in accordance to racing yacht standards. The canoe body has a low drag maximum waterline length that has been fitted with a telescopic keel for maximum upwind speed and twin rudders.
Some of the highlights of the technical marvel found on Unfurled include the huge sail plan fitted with a square-top mainsail and twin rudders. The flush covered tender storage is serviced with a hydraulic crane. Lightweight materials are used across the yacht and is part of the reason for success, the thrusters for example are directly driven and able to rotate 90° which ultimately accounts for the flexibility of the vessel.
Oliver Stirling from Stirling & Co was responsible for the cream themed interior, and just like any modern yacht, the inward look reflects the requirement of the owners. The layout houses one full beam master cabin and two guest cabins that accommodates a total of six guests.
Most recently, Unfurled has won the 2016 St Barths Bucket, sharing victory with Ganesha which claimed second place in Les Elegantes des Mers class.