Ketch and release

Van Geest Design release 93-metre Performance Ketch design collaboration with Rob Doyle Design Naval Architecture.

25 September 2018


Rob Doyle Design naval architecture and Van Geest Design were colleagues in 1999 at Ron Holland design studio in Ireland when Mirabella V was first sketched. For the following three years the team developed, detailed and sailed what was to be at the time and still is the largest ever composite built sloop.

The new 93-metre Ketch design from Rob Doyle Design and Van Geest Design will help improve control, without sacrificing interior volume or the on deck lifestyle.

Their latest project concept was designed with feedback from many superyacht owners, for whom the designers have designed and sailed with, throughout the years.

Making it safe for guests and crew to be on board, by integrating in the yacht architecture and structure the sails operations, with technical access to all captive winches, creating a safe distance from deck and sailing operations.


The swing keel system is an easier system for rules and regulations and the keel up is outside the boat thus no taking away from the internal volume. This also gives the yacht great directional stability when motoring with the keel up and when at anchor it reduces the roll of the yacht.

Her lines are the echo of performance sailing hulls; Van Geest Design has integrated portholes to the yacht lines, lifestyle spaces for a large group to two guests, keeping a human scale to spaces and circulation, allowing intimacy as well as large gatherings.


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