12 June 2020
Design Unlimited’s new sailing yacht concept, the RP42, was designed with a focus on family-friendly superyachting and returns the sailing superyacht’s emphasis to spacious and relaxed onboard living, reliability and the potential for go-anywhere, long-range cruising without the need to call into harbour.
This yacht was developed in collaboration with Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design, who were responsible for the naval architecture and exterior design. The 42-metre bluewater cruiser is intended for an owner wanting to conduct a circumnavigation or take to the seas with family in tow.
The interior layout offers three equally sized suites, along with a larger master suite that benefits from its own private entrance at the stern. The master suite’s king-size bed can be configured to be aft or forward-facing, and the guest suites are all convertible between twin and double berth configuration.
Some of the most notable attributes of this design are the panoramic roof over the saloon and cockpit, with energy-producing glass solar panels, and the single-level flow from the cockpit through to the interior and saloon lounge.
The extensive use of glass and the transition between inside and out being on the same level, affords the RP42 a particularly holistic dynamic.
Meals can be enjoyed al fresco in the cockpit, which is sheltered by the fixed bimini with sliding sunroof, or inside at the dining table in the saloon.
The interior decor is suggested in two possible schematics. The first design suggestion utilises a neutral colour palette, emphasising the yacht’s already “abundant influx of natural light”.
The second is a dark wood partnered with light upholstery, creating a “sophisticated monochromatic contrast” that is softened by deep-pile carpets and integrated ambient lighting.
The split-level aft deck is expansive, with cushioned sun pads and a large swim platform that is further extended by the fold-down transom door, allowing for easy access to the water and smooth tender embarkation.