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VPLP ’s latest trimaran concept is ruffling feathers for all the right reasons.

The French studio’s disruptive new 148-footer, which goes by the name of Seaffinity , takes cues from “the world of seabirds” in terms of both propulsion and aesthetics.

Penned under the direction of noted yacht designer Patrick le Quément, the vessel’s monolithic shape was inspired by the lightness, fluidity and beauty of the seagull. There is almost a total fusion between the two hulls and the coachroof that results in a streamlined silhouette similar to a gull’s.

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The trimaran’s streamlined silhouette is inspired by a seagull.  VPLP

Seaffinity can also traverse the globe silently and sans emissions, just like our feathered friends above. It’s even equipped with a pair “Oceanwings,” or two sails spanning 2,690 square feet each, that harness the wind for clean and efficient cruising.

“We wanted to offer customers a new concept of a boat more in harmony with nature,” the studio said in a statement .

The sailing power is supplemented by a hybrid engine that runs on electricity produced by a hydrogen fuel cell. VPLP didn’t give any figures regarding speed or range, but did say the multihull would be partly autonomous.

Onboard, Seaffininty’s living quarters are suitably subdued. (Seagulls aren’t the most attention-grabbing birds, after all.) With a beam of 55 feet, the generous living area is characterized by a limited color palette and subtle furnishings that keep the focus on the exterior. To the aft, there is a sizable deck complete with sunbeds, a swim platform and diving facilities.

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Seaffinity features two sails spanning 2,690 square feet each.  VPLP

“The ambiance is more important than the décor,” the studio adds. “Because what matters while sailing is the outdoors, to be able to marvel at the spectacle that unfolds before our eyes.”

Seaffininty joins a flock of new trimarans that have debuted in recent years. For example, McConaghy Boats unveiled the razor-bowed 153-footer Adastra in 2012, before following up with the 153-foot silver-bullet MC155 in 2017. And, that’s just one Aussie builder.

Although Seaffininty is just a concept at this stage, here’s hoping it eventually takes flight.

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VPLP ’s latest trimaran concept is ruffling feathers for all the right reasons.

The French studio’s disruptive new 148-footer, which goes by the name of  Seaffinity , takes cues from “the world of seabirds” in terms of both propulsion and aesthetics.

Penned under the direction of noted yacht designer Patrick le Quément, the vessel’s monolithic shape was inspired by the lightness, fluidity and beauty of the seagull. There is almost a total fusion between the two hulls and the coachroof that results in a streamlined silhouette similar to a gull’s.

The trimaran’s streamlined silhouette is inspired by a seagull. VPLP

Seaffinity can also traverse the globe silently and sans emissions, just like our feathered friends above. It’s even equipped with a pair “Oceanwings,” or two sails spanning 2,690 square feet each, that harness the wind for clean and efficient cruising.

“We wanted to offer customers a new concept of a boat more in harmony with nature,” the studio said in a  statement .

The sailing power is supplemented by a hybrid engine that runs on electricity produced by a hydrogen fuel cell. VPLP didn’t give any figures regarding speed or range, but did say the multihull would be partly autonomous.

Seaffinity

Seaffinity features two sails spanning 2,690 square feet each. VPLP

“The ambiance is more important than the décor,” the studio adds. “Because what matters while sailing is the outdoors, to be able to marvel at the spectacle that unfolds before our eyes.”

Seaffininty joins a flock of new trimarans that have debuted in recent years. For example, McConaghy Boats unveiled the razor-bowed 153-footer  Adastra  in 2012, before following up with the 153-foot silver-bullet MC155 in 2017. And, that’s just one Aussie builder.

Although Seaffininty is just a concept at this stage, here’s hoping it eventually takes flight.

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Marc van Peteghem of French design leaders VPLP talks extreme foiling, cruising cats and sustainability with Sam Fortescue

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VPLP co-founder Marc van Peteghem. Photo: VPLP Design

With Lagoon catamarans at one end of the spectrum and world-girdling Ultime class trimarans at the other, there’s not much in the multihull world that design studio VPLP has not turned its hand to. It is among the biggest of the French design offices, which seem to dominate this sector, and one of the best regarded.

Founded by the naval architects Vincent Lauriot-Prévost and Marc van Peteghem, who met during their studies at Southampton University in the late 1970s, the company has always carried the acronym of their two surnames.

“I called Vincent in February 1983 and said there’s maybe a first boat to design, do you want to partner with me?” recalls van Peteghem, who is now the cruising half of the VPLP duo. “We shared the same values and the same vision of the world and we’ve been partners ever since. When I was 12 or 13, I said I was going to be a yacht designer. Then it was only a question of patience.”

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VPLP’s first ever design, the radical 50ft trimaran Gérard Lambert

And though I say ‘cruising’, I use the term somewhat loosely, as van Peteghem has designed everything from dinghies to superyachts . While these days he takes care of clients such as Lagoon, Excess and Outremer, he and co-founder Lauriot-Prévost actually began their careers designing a radical 50ft foiling trimaran called Gérard Lambert .

The boat was built for Vincent Levy’s 1984 OSTAR and showed real potential until its loss during the Route du Rhum in 1986 following a collision with a cargo ship.

Voiles et Voiliers magazine noted at the time that the boat ‘sowed terror’ among competitors at the 1984 Trophée des Multicoques off south Brittany, where it was overhauling maxi-multihulls. VPLP was off to a winning start. Commissions for racing multihulls began to pour in for a rollcall of skippers that sounds like the offshore racing hall of fame: Kersauson, Le Cam, Tabarly, Arthaud.

That commitment to race boats has never waned, although it is more the preserve of Vannes-based Lauriot-Prévost. Together, they have drawn winning MOD70s, IMOCAs, and even the triumphant Oracle USA17 , which swept all before it in the acrimonious 33rd America’s Cup held in Valencia in 2010. They were also the designers behind L ’ Hydroptère , the advanced foiling trimaran launched in 1994, which held the world speed record over one nautical mile from 2007 until 2012.

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Nonetheless, in the midst of all this frothy racing work, van Peteghem recalls being approached to design a 55ft cruising catamaran in the mid-1980s: a one-off for a nascent builder called Lagoon, which was then part of the well-regarded Jeanneau Techniques Avancées, which also built ocean-racing multis. It was the start of a relationship that has endured to this day, down more than two dozen different models spanning lengths from 37ft to 77ft, and some 5,000 boats launched.

Success with racing would not have been possible without the cruising work, says van Peteghem. “All the money we got from cruising boats was invested into new software and engineers and technology and knowledge to be better. And it’s still the case.” VPLP now employs 32 people, a third pure engineers, and the remainder naval architects and designers.

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The Lagoon tie-up has been good to VPLP, but it has also helped the catamaran brand to become the most recognisable multihull in the world, with its vertical trawler windows and cavernous interior. So much so that the term ‘lagoon’ has come to apply generically to all catamarans in some parts of the world. It’s clearly a source of pride to van Peteghem, although he protests that he is a “humble person” when I put it to him.

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A VPLP-designed Lagoon 55 catamaran of 1987 vintage

“Lagoon has been a little bit forward of the market – offering more and more comfort and space, towards more of a floating home direction than it was at the start,” he says. “In the hull design, we’ve really made a lot of progress to make the comfort at sea as good as possible, and also to minimise the drag.”

Most recently with the launch of the new Excess brand, the owners of Lagoon have asked VPLP to take catamaran design in a slightly different direction. “We are drifting towards something that is lighter and trying to be a little bit faster,” says van Peteghem. With the simpler, curvier lines of its 11m, 12m and 15m models launched so far, it is also aiming to appeal to younger and sportier owners.

“We were very happy with the performance [of the first generation], but I think the next generation could be a bit more radical. It could be one step further in terms of an exciting sailing experience.”

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Lagoon 560 is a leader in cruising cats. Photo: Nicholas Claris

At first, Groupe Beneteau wanted to find a different design office to underscore the different look and feel of the new range. But VPLP had a secret weapon, which enabled it to win the new business. And that weapon is, in fact, a man; a man called Patrick le Quément who ran Renault’s 350-strong design department for more than a decade before joining the team as a consultant.

“I convinced them that it was much better that we do [the design] ourselves because we had designed the Lagoons and we knew exactly how to move the dosage of the personality,” says le Quément. He shows me a mood board contrasting the two lines. While Lagoon is all ‘mineral’ – bold edges and manmade forms – Excess is ‘animal’, with flowing curves.

Le Quément brought a certain aesthetic flair with him, but he also introduced VPLP to a new way of working. The technique he’d developed at Renault was to break each new project down into just a few keywords, then produce various sketches that exaggerated one or other of those characteristics – in effect, turning each concept into an illustrated spectrum.

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Allied to Autodesk software, which allows users to create quick, attractive renderings, this approach suddenly made it possible to visualise hundreds of different possibilities for each brief.

Van Peteghem now sees this as a major strength for VPLP. “We’ve made a lot of progress in understanding the preliminary phase of the design and fully understanding the part about the aesthetic,” he says. “Working with Patrick [le Quément], we learn. Our designs are certainly better now: because he’s there, but also because the other half of the design company is evolving.”

The potential was spotted early on by Xavier Desmarest, the CEO of catamaran brand Outremer. When he was building a team to create the ‘ultimate’ catamaran, he chose VPLP and le Quément, among others. The result was the award-winning 5X, designed for family living, but with good light-airs performance. Despite a price tag of well over €1m, more than 20 hulls have been sold to date.

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The souped-up lightweight Outremer 5X No Limit

VPLP also worked on a souped-up version, appropriately called No Limit . Built in carbon and with a foam-cored interior fit-out, the boat is 2.5 tonnes lighter than the typical production version.

Something completely different

With Lagoon as his biggest client, van Peteghem intrigues me by saying he thinks that simpler boats are the way of the future. On the face of it, the brand of “little houses on the water” is the exact opposite, with its growing equipment list and burgeoning interior volumes.

“The market is more or less like an ostrich that has swallowed a watermelon – over the years, it is talking to the same population,” explains van Peteghem. “In the 70s, people were sailing on simple boats. Over time, they got older and richer and wanted a bigger boat with more comfort – more, more, more – and we drift away from the pleasure of sailing.

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L’Hydroptère slashed speed records. Photo: Celine Levy

“What about the younger generation? We’re asking ourselves how we will offer solutions that are closer to their aspirations and money. At the moment there’s no real offer of a really simple multihull inside in terms of space.”

Van Peteghem seems particularly animated on this point, and it soon becomes clear why. He lives out the conviction himself, sailing a 6.2m Muscadet designed in the 1960s by Frenchman Philippe Harlé. “She is a monohull built in plywood with 1.12m headroom, and I was in Corsica with my parents in it 45 years ago. I still have it as a family boat. For me, I don’t need much: what I like is to be at sea and really be close to the sea.”

He says he’d love to sail a catamaran that follows the same simple logic as this boat, with four berths and an easy sailplan. “There’d be no compromise on the galley, because I like cooking,” he says with a laugh. But as he puts it, he doesn’t have four bathrooms at home, so why does he need four heads on the boat?

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OceanWing concept has been proven and features fly-by-wire sail controls and a reefable wingsail. Photo: Thierry Martinez / Sea & Co

His thoughts are bending towards a Mediterranean cruise with the family. “What I really like is to sail for at least three days, then you get away from the perception of time. There are no more set hours to do things – it’s another rhythm: you wake up, you remember all your dreams, you have a few hours to take care of the boat, you socialise with the rest of the crew. I really love that.”

Despite his personal sailing tastes, van Peteghem believes that technology can make yachting more sustainable in the future. VPLP has just finished working on a desktop project with aircraft builder Airbus, which owes more to aerodynamics than traditional hull shape.

The foiling S-Jet took its form from VPLP, combined with state-of-the-art fly-by-wire controls from Airbus. Two different rigs were designed, including one with a pair of OceanWing sails from VPLP to create a real flying boat. VPLP’s OceanWing has developed out of the towering 68m sail that drove US17 to victory in Valencia ten years ago. “I had the impression that if we could make it stowable, reefable, it might be a good solution for yachts and the shipping industry too.”

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A rendering of the AirSeas85 foiling trimaran concept

With French development money and other support, several prototypes have emerged, including that for 8m eco trimaran Gwalaz. “With a projected surface area of only 21m 2 , compared with 32m 2 or 46m 2 for standard rigs, the prototype OceanWing propels the boat to an equal or higher speed in every wind condition,” says van Peteghem.

A larger scale test is being carried out on the French hydrogen-powered boat Energy Observer , which uses two 12m wings. And the studio has also published renderings for a genre-defying 282-footer described as “a trimaran or stabilised monohull – with wings”. The concept explorer trimaran Komorebi’s towering OceanWings will get it up to 15 knots or allow it to burn 30% less fuel in hybrid mode.

Van Peteghem says there has been interest in the concept, but nothing serious. “Typically, it is an example of something a little too early. Timing is everything – you can have very good ideas, just not at the right time, when people are not ready to accept or to understand.”

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Hemisphere is the world’s largest catamaran

Far from being disappointed by the lack of take-up to date, he is confident that the boat will lead to a concrete project, even if it metamorphosises along the way. After all when, it comes to size, VPLP has nothing to prove: the two largest sailing catamarans afloat came off its drawing boards.

They are the 145ft catamaran Hemisphere , which was delivered in 2011 by Pendennis of Falmouth, and 138ft Douce France from 1998. “A big multihull is the perfect platform because you have a huge range, and the sail and the power, plus the stability and the space. Owners keep their boats for decades.”

Van Peteghem believes that it is down to designers like him to push the industry in the right direction on sustainability, and on construction methods too. For glassfibre boats, for instance, he is thinking about how the constituent elements could be assembled without gluing, so they can be taken apart again.

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Canopée is an OceanWinds-powered cargo vessel designed to carry the Ariane rocket launcher

“Changing is very difficult,” he observes. “You either change because you’re under pressure, or because you want to.” It’s all part of an approach that starts with making boats lighter and more efficient in light winds.

“Being light is being green,” he says. “When you sail in the Med and you have a boat which is able to sail in 6-7 knots of wind, then you are only going to use your engine 5% of the time. “If your boat needs 10-12 knots of wind, then you’re going to be using your engine 60-65% of the time.”

First published in the May 2020 edition of Yachting World.

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VELA Unveils Unique 100% Wind Powered Sailing Cargo Trimaran

VELA, committed to the decarbonization of the maritime freight industry, has proudly unveiled the design of its first-of-its-kind trimaran cargo ship that will allow the company to transport goods across the Atlantic Ocean using 100% wind power. The visionary team of François Gabart (renowned solo navigator and world-class ocean racer), Michael Fernandez-Ferri, Pierre-Arnaud Vallon, Thibault Charles and Pascal Galacteros unveiled the design, which had been in development since September 2022 and for which production is set to start early 2024.

Departing from the conventional single-hulled approach, and inspired by the modern technologies used for ocean racing, VELA’s sailing cargo vessel will have three hulls and is anticipated to be launched in 2025.

Wind Powered Sailing Cargo Trimaran

Reducing the environmental footprint of Maritime Transport

By adopting the innovative trimaran concept for its cargo ship, VELA meets several criteria for reducing the environmental impact of maritime transport, which currently accounts for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions (a figure projected to rise to 17% by 2050 if no action is taken). Extensive analysis by the VELA team led to the impressive claim of a 99% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in propulsion compared to conventional container ships .

The choice of a trimaran design also enhances stability and ensures the safety of the cargo, while providing a comfortable experience for the sailors on board. Additionally, by harnessing the abundant wind resources of the ocean and not having to take fuel costs into account, VELA is able to provide high transportation capacity at a fixed and fair price, accommodating up to 450 U.S. pallets (equivalent to 51 TEU containers or 560 EU pallets).

Beyond the elimination of greenhouse gasses during the voyage, VELA also has a lesser environmental impact than other cargo ships by being built with recycled aluminum with interiors made from bio-sourced and geo-sourced materials. All components of the ship have also been designed to be dismantled for reuse on other VELA ships or for other purposes.

Fleet ambitions: 30 boats by 2035

The first VELA trimaran cargo vessel is expected to make its maiden voyage mid-2025, sailing the transatlantic route between Europe and the United States. VELA guarantees fast, reliable and secure transportation, with a warehouse-to-warehouse timeframe of 10-15 days, including loading, transit and unloading, which places it in between conventional air and sea freight. Furthermore, VELA’s efficient routing system ensures that the most optimized route is selected based on weather conditions, with an estimated time of arrival by the hour provided up to four days in advance.

While the choice of propulsion plays a critical role in decarbonizing maritime transport, VELA recognizes that sustainability also depends on pre- and post-transport logistics. The exceptional maneuverability of the VELA Trimaran Cargo vessel allows access to secondary ports, facilitating closer proximity to customers’ factories and warehouses.

“Choosing the France-USA seaway was a no-brainer. The United States is the second largest export destination for French luxury products. Moreover, the wind is plentiful and predictable in the North Atlantic. We are very happy to be able to continue facilitating American and French culture exchange, but in a way that prioritizes the decarbonization of Franco-American trade as well,” said Michael Fernandez-Ferri, Cofounder of VELA.

Looking ahead, VELA aims to have a departure from France to the USA and vice versa every nine days by 2028, further solidifying its commitment to sustainable and efficient shipping practices.

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The GP70, built with 80% carbon sandwich, manages to limit its displacement to 17.5 t. This large multihull was designed to offer a very high level of self-sufficiency thanks to low consumption of onboard equipment, a large surface area of solar panels (3 kWp), an efficient watermaker and two imposing 264 US-gallon (1,000 liter) fuel tanks. The concern for simplicity and reliability has also formed part of the development of the GP70, designed for the “very long range” with the choice of quality materials, easy access to safety equipment, redundant vital systems and efficient alarms. High-tech gear is present everywhere (vacuum insulation systems, intelligent energy generators, latest generation remote controls, maneuvering cameras, etc.), leading to high levels of comfort on board. Under sail, the GP 70 promises exceptional performance and the bridgedeck clearance guarantees excellent seakeeping behavior in big seas. The interior of the first example in this small high-tech series consists of an owner's hull with a double cabin and possibly two additional berths, two double guest cabins and a crew cabin in the other hull. The launch is scheduled for next spring.  Builder: Trimarine Naval Architect: VPLP Interior design: Jean Yves Carteret Material: Corecell epoxy and carbon sandwich Overall length: 68’11” (21 m) Beam: 32’ (9.75 m) Draft: 5’3” (1.6 m) Air draft: 90’ (27.45 m) Light displacement: 38,580 lbs (17.5 t) Laden displacement: 50,700 lbs (23 t) Upwind sail area: 2,380 sq ft (221 m²) Downwind sail area: 4,950 sq ft (460 m²) Engines: 2 x 80 kW Yanmar JH4 Fuel: 2 x 264 US gal (2 x 1 000 l) Water: 290 US gal (1,100 l)

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New 71m catamaran superyacht concept Manifesto by VPLP

French-based naval architects and designers VPLP Design has unveiled its vision of 'Manifesto', a 71.3-metre aluminium catamaran concept motor yacht.

VPLP is best known for designing high-speed sailing catamarans that race across oceans – the VPLP trimaran yacht Banque Populaire VII set the new Mediterranean solo crossing record , for instance – making the superyacht Mainfesto concept a departure for the design house. VPLP also designed the VPLP 100 maxi catamaran sailing superyacht, launched by French builder JFA .

A flybridge with lounge area tops a two deck superstructure, while the main deck includes a large swimming pool and lounge area aft, with steps leading down to twin bathing platforms located at the rear of each hull. Forward is a large recreational area which doubles as a helicopter landing deck. An owner’s suite, two VIP cabins, and three guest cabins provide accommodation for 12 people, with separate accommodation for the yacht’s crew of 18.

The elegantly muted styling and ultra-open layout both externally and internally emphasises space and light, while each area of the yacht is designed to offer privacy and conviviality. An internal garage houses a variety of large tenders, sailing boats, and a submarine, and a full deck is reserved for technical areas for easy external access, maintenance and reliability.

The catamaran design with its beam of 22 metres provides high stability, while different propulsion modes give Manifesto an extended range of around 6,000 nautical miles and low running costs ideally suited for ocean crossings, and its shallow draught of less than three metres is enough to enter small harbours.

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The MOD 70 class is born in 2009 with the experience gained in the Orma 60 trimaran class, from an association between 3 passionate entrepreneurs & sailors: Marco Simeoni, Steve Ravussin and Franck David.

At the start of the 2008 Vendee Globe race, Steve Ravussin and Franck David, introduced the concept of the Multi One Design project, which was to set a class of offshore identical trimarans, to Marco Simeoni.

This concept to have international renown skippers with equal potential to race around the world, seduced the Swiss businessman Marco Simeoni who signed an order for 5 MOD 70; to start the Multi One Design story.

In 2009 the company Multi One Design is created in Lausanne (Switzerland) at the same time as the Race for Water foundation in order to inform, share views and act on water issues worldwide and oceans protection. Race for Water foundation associated with the first MOD 70 to be built.In total 7 teams of 3 different nationalities were engaged to race on the MOD 70 including Michel Desjoyeaux on Foncia, Roland Jourdain on Veolia Environnement, Sidney Gavignet on Oman Sails, Yann Guichard on Spindrift Racing and Jean-Pierre Dick on Paprec Virbac. Compared to the Orma 60, the MOD 70 have the following improvements:

- 5% reduced sail area for better safety - Main hull 10 feet longer for avowing pitch haul - Raised beams for better passage in the waves - Lifting main rudder - Curved foils for better performance and safety - Canting mast positioned further aft

Video of a race with MOD 70 trimarans competing showing the great performance of this trimaran model.

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Heirs to the 60-foot Orma trimarans, the MOD 70s were designed by the renowned French firm VPLP Design. In 2011 and 2012, three trimarans were launched. RACE FOR WATER was the first of the series. If we compare the MOD 70 model to the Orma 60 model, some improvements are noticeable:...

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  1. SEAFFINITY

    Seaffinity is a super streamlined trimaran honoring VPLP Design's vision of a yacht of the future, silent, partly automated, and propelled by a virtuous energy, the wind.. Equipped with 2 Oceanwings, real sailing revolutions, the same as those which will equip the cargo ship "Canopée" which will transport the Ariane rockets from Europe to Guyana.

  2. MOD 70

    MOD 70 - VPLP Design. Following in the wake of the ORMA series, this class of one-design trimarans, initiated in 2006, is the distillation of VPLP's experience in the design and optimization of multihull racing sailing boats spanning more than fifteen years. With the same righting moment, longer floats and a shorter mast than the ORMA ...

  3. Home

    At VPLP Design we are convinced that a successful boat is often the result of a remarkable human adventure. We are passionate about performance, in the widest sense of the word. Performance is, of course, about speed but it's also about energy-efficient propulsion. Designing "zero emission" boats is the fruit of all our skills combined.

  4. VPLP design

    VPLP's initial project was to design a racing trimaran commissioned by skipper Vincent Levy for the 1984 OSTAR, (otherwise known as the English Transat). This 50-foot (15 m) foiler baptized Gerard Lambert was the first in a long line of racing trimarans that created a name for the firm and established the young designers as innovators in the ...

  5. Seaffinity, VPLP's 148-Foot Trimaran Concept, Can Sail Emissions-Free

    This New 148-Foot Hybrid Trimaran Concept Can Sail Silently and Emissions Free. Inspired by seagulls, the vessel has got two giant wings spanning 2,690 square feet each. VPLP 's latest trimaran ...

  6. A multihull for the Tour Voile, the Diam 24

    Like many top French multihulls, the Diam 24 is designed by VPLP and is a development and a more racing-orientated version of VPLP's Chinese-built Multi 23 trimaran.

  7. Seagull-inspired trimaran concept Seaffinity revealed

    A 45m super streamlined trimaran concept named Seaffinity inspired by "the world of sea birds" has been revealed by French studio VPLP Design. The aluminium yacht, which is described by the studio as a "yacht of the future", features a hybrid engine powered by electricity produced by a hydrogen fuel cell. However, Seaffinity's main source ...

  8. VPLP's latest trimaran concept Seaffinity

    2434. VPLP 's latest trimaran concept is ruffling feathers for all the right reasons. The French studio's disruptive new 148-footer, which goes by the name of Seaffinity, takes cues from "the world of seabirds" in terms of both propulsion and aesthetics. Penned under the direction of noted yacht designer Patrick le Quément, the vessel ...

  9. Inspired by the sea, for the sea: VPLP Design's 45m trimaran concept

    New Designs. Inspired by the sea, for the sea: VPLP Design's 45m trimaran concept Seaffinity. Loading... VPLP Design unveiled an all-new 45-metre trimaran concept which is silent, partly automated and propelled by the wind.

  10. VPLP Ultime Trimaran For Sale

    The Ultime Trimaran TRITIUM is a modified Orma 60 Trimaran - extended to 72 feet. Designed by the renowned VPLP Yacht designers and originally built for the legend of offshore ocean racing, Jean Le Cam, the boat was updated by Artemis Racing for testing of AC wing and dagger foils. The boat was modified - with floats lengthened to 72 feet - and ...

  11. GP70

    Making its world debut in a preview at the International Multihull Show, the GP70 the GP70 showed off its sleek lines. Designed for high-speed blue water cruising, this VPLP design was initially intended for series production by a well-known shipyard at La Grande-Motte, but ultimately, the project has been taken on by Trimarine, based on the Tagus River near Lisbon, Portugal.

  12. Komorebi 200

    Komorebi 200 - Wingsails Exploration Trimaran. Deriving from the project to build a hybrid cruising catamaran which VPLP unveiled in 2015, this Komorebi 200 is designed to be an exploration ship for the scientific community. The principles are the same: broad spaces which make the most of natural light and ventilation, and which can ...

  13. Marc van Peteghem interview: Up close and personal with the king of cats

    VPLP's first ever design, the radical 50ft trimaran Gérard Lambert And though I say 'cruising', I use the term somewhat loosely, as van Peteghem has designed everything from dinghies to ...

  14. VPLP Design Seaffinity Revealed as Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trimaran of the

    From monohull to trimarans and everything in between, if it floats, VPLP probably knows a thing or two about it. The Seaffinity, as I mentioned, is a conceptual design, and one that takes its ...

  15. VELA Unveils Unique 100% Wind Powered Sailing Cargo Trimaran

    Rendering of the newly designed VELA trimaran ship, Credits: VPLP. Reducing the environmental footprint of Maritime Transport. By adopting the innovative trimaran concept for its cargo ship, VELA meets several criteria for reducing the environmental impact of maritime transport, which currently accounts for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions ...

  16. 2017 Astus 16.5 Trimaran for sale

    Description. 2017 Astus 16.5. A real machine: hull speed = 20 knots. Boat designed by the renowned architectural firm VPLP. For sailing racing enthusiasts: VPLP has designed in the IMOCA HugoBOSS class & the Ultime trimaran class: Sodebo etc…. See on the photos: the weight VS sail area ratio of the astus 16.5 versus other trimarans of the ...

  17. VELA

    After undertaking numerous comparative studies, in particular with MerConcept, VPLP Design decided on a trimaran design which will allow the vessel to achieve higher average speeds and carry more freight than a similarly sized monohull. With her two-masted schooner rig, 25 m beam and onboard crane, VELA will always dock port side to and will be ...

  18. An ambitious VPLP design soon to be splashed

    The GP70, built with 80% carbon sandwich, manages to limit its displacement to 17.5 t. This large multihull was designed to offer a very high level of self-sufficiency thanks to low consumption of onboard equipment, a large surface area of solar panels (3 kWp), an efficient watermaker and two imposing 264 US-gallon (1,000 liter) fuel tanks.

  19. New 71m catamaran superyacht concept Manifesto by VPLP

    French-based naval architects and designers VPLP Design has unveiled its vision of 'Manifesto', a 71.3-metre aluminium catamaran concept motor yacht. VPLP is best known for designing high-speed sailing catamarans that race across oceans - the VPLP trimaran yacht Banque Populaire VII set the new Mediterranean solo crossing record, ...

  20. MOD 70 VPLP Trimaran RACE FOR WATER

    Video of a race with MOD 70 trimarans competing showing the great performance of this trimaran model. Sold Specifications. Localisation : France, Lorient; Length : 21,20 m; Builder ... Heirs to the 60-foot Orma trimarans, the MOD 70s were designed by the renowned French firm VPLP Design. In 2011 and 2012, three trimarans were launched. RACE FOR ...

  21. Waterworld

    After Florence Arthaud's victory in the 1994 Route du Rhum on the trimaran Pierre 1er, VPLP was commissioned by Universal to design and build the boat used by the main character played by Kevin Costner in the film Waterworld. In fact there were two versions of the boat. One was fully operational and used for the sailing sequences at sea.

  22. VPLP Design

    1,143 Followers, 123 Following, 75 Posts - VPLP Design - Naval Architecture & Yacht Design (@VPLPdesign) on Instagram: "VPLP Design is a world-renowned team of French-based naval architects, engineers and designers in sail and motor craft projects across the world." ... From conception to construction, the trimaran required the incorporation of ...

  23. Cruising

    Cruising Use is key VPLP's Yachting Division focuses on two core activities: superyachts and production boats. It's a very broad playing field.Regardless of the programme, size, number of hulls or propulsion system (sail, engine, wingsail, hybrid), our principal design strategy remains founded on the same key question: How does the customer intend to use their […]