Photography by Philippe Briand
A new 100-foot (30-metre) carbon sloop concept, Egoist has been developed by the Philippe Briand Studio specifically to indulge the owner who wants to simplify their experience on board by having the exclusive use of their yacht.
At a time when many yachts are designed to equally satisfy a variety of different programs – from the charter guest to the potential buyer – the artistic direction can become compromised to the extent that the originality of the design is diluted. The outcome: the essence of why the yacht is being built is in danger of getting lost. Egoist is the antidote to this; she has been designed purely to satisfy the needs and enjoyment of the owner.
SY Egoist embodies a fresh take on a classic Eastern Seaboard sailing yacht, but can also be used to race with an expert, though reduced, crew. The yacht has a very roomy interior saloon with a superb master cabin and comfortable accommodation for two crew members. She is the ideal day sailor or a cruising yacht for an owner who wants to enjoy the sailing experience of a superyacht without the need for numerous crew.
Calling on his extensive yacht racing background, Philippe Briand developed the naval architecture of Egoist to be fast and very responsive. The design uses the timeless lines of a classic sailing yacht, for which the studio is famed, but with a contemporary twist. As with all of Philippe’s designs, the thinking behind this project is one of a expert sailor with actual racing competence and experience.
Egoist has been conceived as fully customisable, as Philippe elaborates, to “be a pure pleasure for the owner, not bowing to the demands or tastes of anyone else. The concept of Egoist is to become an owner’s self-indulgent fantasy; it should be the yacht that they have always dreamed of owning.”
Philippe Briand has accumulated 31 international awards so far, but remains driven by his passion of developing new ideas. The team is currently working on a 28-metre series yacht, as well as three bespoke yachts ranging from 55 to 90-metres in length. Such a variety of work is keeping the office on their toes, but as always, all projects are being executed with great attention to detail and following heavy investment in the research and development stages.