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Carbon collaboration

Michael Schmidt Yachtbau and Bill Tripp are set to launch a 21-metre, high-performance carbon sailing yacht in 2018.


Photography by Michael Schmidt Yachtbau

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Michael Schmidt Yachtbau (MSY) has announced it is collaborating with renowned yacht designer and naval architect Bill Tripp on a 21.3-metre (70-foot) carbon sailing yacht design, with the first unit expected to be launched in summer 2018.

The new model, MYS commented, is part of a plan to develop a series of smaller semi-custom carbon sailing yachts. It is designed to be a high performance, light displacement yacht.

Although most of the specifics remain undisclosed at this time, the yacht builder said that close collaboration between the two companies has resulted in a “comprehensive creative process and a dynamic exchange of ideas involving talented people.”

More details of the collaborative project are expected to be revealed in mid-September at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

Tripp has created a name for himself as a designer of high-performance yachts, from smaller craft up to large sailing superyachts. In 2016, his design for 86-metre, Vitters-built S/Y AQuiJO – the world’s largest high-performance ketch – was met with widespread praise and numerous industry awards.

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We are happy to work with Bill as he has an unsurpassed reputation in the field of fast cruising sailing boats. We look forward to exciting times for both companies,” said MSY’s Managing Director Johannes Malzahn.

It has been a landmark few months for German shipyard MSY, which specialises in the construction of contemporary carbon sailing yachts up to 30 metres from its facilities in Greifswald.

In December 2016, the company opened its new state-of-the-art premises, which will eventually have a capacity to simultaneously work on four to six projects between 20 and 30 metres in length. The facility covers 3,000 square metres of floor space with an additional 500 square metres of office space alongside.

This March, MSY completed work on its new tempering oven and paint hall, which at 31 metres by 12.5 metres is the largest of its kind in northern Germany. The following month, MSY announced the appointment of Johannes Malzahn as its new Managing Director.

msyachtbau.com | trippdesign.net

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