Sailing yacht designer and naval architect, Philippe Briand, is currently at Monaco Yacht Show to showcase the ongoing activity within his portfolio, including the newly unveiled self-sufficient performance yacht: Perfect 60, as well as celebrating the recently debuted SD96.

Having made its debut at Cannes Yachting Festival, sailing yacht designer and naval architect Philippe Briand has been praised for the hull performance of the 28m, composite-hull motoryacht SD96, his latest collaboration with Sanlorenzo.

The SD96 is the entry-level model in Sanlorenzo’s innovative semi-displacement SD yacht line inspired by the 1930s transatlantic yachts. The team at Philippe Briand placed a focus on her efficiency and stability in the water, and beyond performance concerns, the brief was to create a hull with enough beam to provide spacious accommodation on the lower deck and a feeling of space in the salon and owner’s cabin.

The layout of the SD96 features Philippe Briand’s design concept, combined with Sanlorenzo’s experience in engineering, accommodating up to 10 guests and five crew within this three-deck yacht.

Following the release of SY 300, a 90-metre (300-feet) concept this Spring, Philippe Briand has also now announced a second concept from a series of self-sufficient performance yachts: Perfect 60.

Perfect 60 is smaller but is reportedly an equally powerful ketch with a traditional, carbon-fibre mast and rig, and has been described as a “little sister to SY 300, featuring the same distinctive contemporary hull with its efficient inverted bow,” by the designer.

The designer noticed a growing trend for sailing megayachts, and thus designed the yachts in response to this. According to the designer, “they are effectively motoryachts with sails, requiring engines to assist in propelling them through the water.” Returning to a more authentic design space for passionate sailors who enjoy taking part in regattas such as the St Barths Bucket, Perfect 60 is expected to take line honours and put her owners on podiums wherever they choose to race.

In addition to their racing credentials, Briand’s self-sufficient sailing yachts may also appeal to owners who wish to minimise their impact on the environment while cruising. The efficient hull form characteristics of Briand’s designs mean that more power could be harnessed through underwater turbines to charge the batteries on board.

The final update from the French designer is the exciting near completion of the Vitruvius-designed 56m Voyager High Profile project, which is currently at the Perini Navi shipyard in La Spezia, Italy.

The seventh commissioned project to come from the drafting board of Philippe Briand’s motoryacht brand, Vitruvius, features a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. In addition to the six guest cabins located on the lower and main decks, the High Profile version of the 56m Voyager features a private upper deck with a forward-facing suite, taking the total interior volume to 824gt.

The explorer-ready motoryacht has a predicted range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots, with a top speed of 16.5 knots. The yacht is expected to be delivered in 2020.

Philippe Briand can be found at stand QE6, at Monaco Yacht Show 2019. For all the latest news, please click here.   

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