Philippe Briand

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Vertigo 220ft

This 220ft yacht was launched in Februrary 2011. Designed by Philippe Briand and built by Alloy Yachts in New Zealand. Vertigo is the largest yacht ever designed and built by both architect and shipyard.

She has modern hull lines and is the first yacht of this size to have an almost vertical bow, allowing for greater water displacement and a considerable increase in speed. She is both fast and sensitive to sail.

As the yacht is very big, ketch rig was the only suitable option.  Mainsail and mizzen sail include roaches which have never before been seen or used on yachts of this size.  More surface area of the sails is exposed up high where the wind velocity is greater than it is at the proximity of the water.

Renowned interior designer Christian Liaigre who has created an extremely comfortable, light and spacious atmosphere designed these accommodations. On the main deck is the saloon and cockpit, housed by transparent sides to allow maximum natural light. The lower deck houses four cabins and the vast owner’s suite which leads directly to the lazarette and swim platform.

Press coverage

In a recent article by Yacht Design, Vertigo is referred to as ‘a ketch which combines powerful sailing with a fascinating yet refined ‘urban at sea’ environment abroad’.