This yacht was designed after a very specific brief. The owner wants to take his new 77m sailing yacht through the Panama canal, which has an air-draft limit of 62,5m. The challenge was to design a powerful enough rig within this 62,5m limit. The result is a striking sailing superyacht named R77!
Mathis Ruhl Architecture Navale comments on the project:
“It started with the analysis of specific rig requirements: the sail area should be sufficient to power the 77 metre yacht in medium wind conditions, within 62.5 metre air draft limit. All maneuvers should be fully automated and safe with emergency release ability. The rig should be aerodynamically efficient to all apparent wind angles, also in partially reefed configuration. When motoring or mooring the rig should present a low windage.
No existing rig solution, even the much talked about Dynarig fulfills all these requisites.
Hence the necessity to start from scratch, avoiding all preconcepts. This new rig concept requires a specific deck plan, therefore the second challenge was to design the layout and superstructure to fit with it. Following the “form and function” principle, the design takes advantage of the rig constraints to bring a totally new design, a mega sailer of its own kind.
We see this rig concept as an interesting option for commercial vessels application. If oil price is actually excessively low, making such investigations appearing not directly profitable, we have to keep in mind that the real issue is much bigger and concerns us all. Besides, oil is a much too precious resource to just burn it, when the wind offers us its innocuous, limitless and beautiful energy.”