BY APB Staff on 15 Oct 2019

The Custom Division of the German shipyard is manufacturing Tripp 90, a carbon sloop designed by Bill Tripp with an interior by Andrew Winch

YYachts’ Custom Division is currently building a 90ft carbon sloop whose design and construction are created by American naval architect Bill Tripp. The Greifswald-based shipyard in Germany is building the yacht for an American customer with intentions for both regatta sailing and worldwide cruising.

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Dirk Zademack, Managing Director of YYachts, says: “With Bill Tripp we are collaborating with one of the best naval architects in the world. After working on the Y7 with him, we are now implementing the Tripp 90 resulting in our collaboration becoming more intense. This will soon be followed by another example.”

Tripp 90 is another creation of the Custom Division, which had previously built the 22m Eugen Seibold, an innovative research vessel for the Swiss Werner Siemens Foundation.

Yyachts Builds First 90 Footer.
(Image: YYachts)

The goal of the development process for the Tripp 90 was to provide a competitive performance on the race course in combination with comfortable sailing behavior. This is achieved by YYachts’ standard weight-saving method in the construction of the yacht: the hull, inner structure and rig of the Tripp 90 are made of carbon.

The fact that all halyards and sheets are operated from the steering columns makes the yacht extremely user-friendly; it can be sailed with a very small crew.

The interior design of the Tripp 90 is by London-based Winch Design. This is the third time Tripp Design and Winch Design have worked together on a sailing yacht, previous collaborations being Shaman in 1997 and Alithia in 2002. The spacious interior is minimalistic with an open layout and plenty of natural light. Stylistic inspirations from the east coast of the USA and mid-20th century Scandinavia in combination with the use of soft leather and light oak wood give the ambience a restrained elegance.

The owner gave particular importance to the design of the deckhouse – his wish was to be able to sit in the saloon and look out at the sea. Bill Tripp therefore drew a deck saloon surrounded with glass, which floods the interior with plenty of sunlight.

The Tripp 90 is scheduled to emerge from Greifswald in November 2020.