Unfurled, 46m Sloop Rigged Performance Cruiser

12 okt 2016

The Frers designed, 150ft sloop rigged performance cruiser is the first yacht built by Vitters Shipyard to a design by Germán Frèrs. The cooperation with the Argentinian designer has been a resounding success. Both the design studio and the yard have a long track record of high performance cruisers and their joint experience created a great combination.

The yacht embodies paramount high performance characteristics while offering the enjoyment of comfortable living on-board and to compete in the world’s most competitive Superyacht Regatta’s.

Unfurled, a winner in many ways
She won the World Superyacht Awards 2016 in the Sailing Yacht 45 metre and above category, as well as the 2016 Sailing Yacht of the Year award.

Unfurled also won the Saint Barths Bucket 2016. The Bucket Trophy was presented to her as the pursuit class winner which prevailed in the ‘most competitive, closely contested class’.

Exceeding expectations
“Our goal was the distillation of our past design ideas, applied to the interior and exterior of the new Unfurled. Another fundamental goal was to create a yacht pure in design, not compromising space; rather, using it generously, not compromising performance, a yacht beautiful in line - exterior and interior.”

“Unfurled has exceeded our expectations in terms of quality of build, performance and overall visual beauty. In getting there, we can look back at these past 3 years, from the first drawing to launch and see how much we have enjoyed the process. The collaboration, the trading and testing of ideas, the satisfaction and challenges have resulted in the new Unfurled.  We are proud and profoundly grateful to all who were involved.”

Owners of Unfurled

Design
This new sailing yacht has been designed for an experienced sailing couple, as a replacement of their highly successful Frers 112 of the same name, designed by Frers in 1999. 

While the design brief called for essentially the same concept “a Frers sailing boat”, there are many differences that convey the evolution of our yacht designs during the last fifteen years in cruiser-racers.

“According to our racing yacht practice the hull design has been extensively analysed and refined. The low drag maximum waterline length powerful shape of the canoe body has been fitted with a telescopic keel for maximum upwind speed and twin rudders.”

Designer and Naval Architect - German Frers

Interior design
Unfurled has a sophisticated, innovative interior based on simple geometric principles but rich in detail reflecting the owner’s rational design approach and objective perfectionism. It has been designed to seamlessly unite with the Germán Frers sleek and elegant exterior lines to give the yacht a harmonious integrity.

“In Unfurled, craftsmanship has combined with technology to create a totally modern and innovative nautical interior of the highest standard.”

Innovations
Specific technical features include a large sail plan with a square-top mainsail complimented a hull with twin rudders, lifting keel, retractable propulsion, a Vitters’ rudder feedback system, pop-up bollards, fast captive winches, a below deck winch pit, deck drainage integrated in the railing, a twin submarine anchor system, and flush covered tender storage serviced with a hydraulic crane.

To achieve the highest quality for propulsion solutions, the attention of the engineering team was focused to enhance hull performance without dragging a feathered propeller through the water. This integrated design had to be achieved within a tight weight focus. As such, for the main propulsion two lightweight retractable pods have been custom developed by the Vitters Shipyard’s in-house engineering team. Both thrusters are direct drive and are able to rotate 90° enabling flexible vessel movement then retracting behind flush hull doors for sailing.

Variations in powering make the system even more remarkable. Direct driven, hydraulically or electrically driven all have typical characteristics to meet specific requirements. Increased manoeuvrability by application of advanced control systems. In house development and customisation.

Download the original press release, Unfurled factsheet