Life’s a Breeze

YYachts has added a 75-foot daysailer to its impressive fleet – and it’s being offered with a shared ownership plan.

29 June 2023


Back at the end of the noughties, serial yacht owner Jack Setton built a striking, reverse-bowed, 60-foot daysailer that could be single-handed but also promised sparkling performance. Called Ciao Gianni, she was a masterpiece of form, function and aesthetics, and she heralded a growing trend for large daysailers and weekenders that could be sailed without a large crew in tow.

Fast-forward to 2023, and innovative German sailing yacht builder YYachts has announced an exciting new model to join its stunning line-up of sailing yachts from 70 to 90 feet. The new arrival is called the Y Breeze 75 and, you guessed it, it’s a beautiful, sleek daysailer that also promises the capability for longer cruises.

Coming in at 22.91 metres (75.1 feet), the Y Breeze 75 (YB75) sits right in the pocket of the Mini Maxi zone, and alongside other stylish contenders like Baltic Yachts’ 68 Café Racer. But YYachts says the YB75 is something different again – a bridge, perhaps, between sailing yachts and motor yachts that still offers family time, can be sailed shorthanded, and can be raced with a crew of just six for a favourable rating.


What’s more, the YB75 will be offered with shared ownership of up to four people, with time aboard managed through a dedicated app, included in the price.

Also included is a crew member who will be on hand to get the boat ready prior to your arrival – a key facet with a sailing yacht when your time to enjoy a weekend away is limited.

The naval architecture has been developed by Cossutti Yacht Design, who are also responsible for the striking exterior lines. A curved plumb bow starts a sheeline that gradually drops to the aft end, while from the profile view the cabin superstructure appears hidden, creating the impression of a flush-decked monster.

In fact, there is a walkaround deck between the bulwark and the coachroof, which creates a sense of security a la motor yacht and which suggests that this will be an excellent yacht to enjoy with a family. What’s more, the entire deck from stern to stem has been designed on a single level – another family friendly feature.

This is further delivered in the minimalistic deck layout, which mitigates trip and trap hazards by hiding lines in the coamings and coachroof, running the shrouds into concealed plates in the topsides, and using engine controls that lever out from under the bulwarks so that they are hidden when at anchor.

At rest, a swim ladder-cum-platform extends from a hidey-hole in the transom, where a couple of shallow steps lead to the water. Drop-down bulwarks either side extend the aft cockpit and allow for a generous sun terrace that can either carry moveable sunbeds or a fixed sunbed unit.

There’s even storage under a flush deck hatch for a jetski and swim and dive gear, and to cap the versatility of the yacht there’s a pop-up unit that houses a grill and two fridges – one for food and one for drinks. The effect, aside from being very Johannes Bond, is to create a beautifully clean deck profile that feels positively luxurious and which is indicative of a dual-function design.

Below, there are options for two or three cabins, with the third cabin able to be specified as a playroom, private saloon, or whatever you might think up – YYachts does offer a degree of customisation on all its designs.

The interior has been developed in collaboration with the Wendover Studio and owners can either opt for a predefined style or add their own customisations.

There are other nifty features on the YB75 too. There’s an option for a telescopic keel that reduces draft from 4.0 metres to 2.5 metres (standard fixed keel draft is 3.5 metres), which means shallower bays and harbours are not off-limits.

Water ballast is another option to increase righting moment – potentially useful if you intend to race shorthanded. There’s also an intriguing integrated, retractable fender system in the topsides that mitigates the need to store fenders in a locker.

The sailplan has been designed for easy handling while also allowing for some serious performance if you want to get stuck in or for racing. The main and self-tacking jib are push-button controlled, and the Code 0 and gennaker are on furlers.

The yacht has been designed for optimal performance in the wind bands typical of the locations where the YB75 is expected to be based in the Mediterranean (think Porto Cervo in Sardinia, Palma in Mallorca, and St Tropez in France – all locations that host regattas), which also makes the rating very favourable for TWS of 5-15 knots.

Finally, the yard is going to great lengths to improve the environmental footprint of the YB75. For instance, the yard says it will only be using wood and panels that interior outfitters of superyachts provide as surplus, while the yacht will use sustainable epoxy and numerous eco-friendly products and materials. The YB75 will be offered with a 120 hp diesel engine that can run synthetic fuels, or an electric motor.



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