Performance sailing superyachts attract owners and crew who live for exhilarating cruising, and especially occasional regattas. Philippe Briand believes these are more than worthy indulgences, and that his Perfect 60 is the perfect platform for pursuing them. The design is what he considers a self-sufficient performance yacht, meaning a more authentic sailing craft.
The Perfect 60 joins the same family as the SY300 ketch. She’s 295 feet (90 meters), while the Perfect 60 is 197 feet (60 meters.) Briand decided to put self-sufficient designs out into the market to counteract the increasing number of sailing yachts relying on engines. In fact, he believes those are really more like motoryachts that happen to have sails.
A ketch with a carbon fiber mast and rig, the Perfect 60 employs a similar hull design to SY300, too. With an inverted bow, it’s quite efficient. For example, inverted bows have finer shapes forward, which let them cut through the water better. Regatta enthusiasts particularly will appreciate this. Briand asserts that the Perfect 60 will “take line honors and put her owners on podiums,” such as the St. Barths Bucket.
Even when not racing, though, the yacht should please owners. Briand says the hydrodynamic efficiency of the design could benefit underwater turbines. The turbines can charge battery banks to handle the hotel loads, instead of you using gensets. For comparison, his calculations for the SY300 reveal that if turbines harness 50 percent of the possible underwater “energy,” it’s the same as having a whopping 500-kW genset available. Therefore, the Perfect 60 would be less costly to operate and maintain, and kinder to the environment.
Just like SY300, this new design is ready for personalization, easily accommodating an owner’s party of eight to 10, plus contract.
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