A megayacht delivered nearly three years ago not only has inspired a same-size series, but also now has led to two additional, larger projects, creating an even broader series. The Vripack-designed Rock XL starts construction soon, to be followed by the even larger Big Rock.
The roots of this series date back to Rock, an “SUV Yacht” in Vripack’s terms. The 79-footer (24-meter), from Evadne Yachts, features rugged, robust design and engineering with amped-up volume and some of the largest panes of glass for her LOA. Since her delivery in 2018, two more same-size projects have started build. Plus, while her original owner used her frequently, she’s currently in the hands of “a Swiss client who gets heavy use out of the yacht,” according to Robin de Vries, a designer with Vripack. “They are onboard for six months of the year and treat it as their home at sea.”
Their experience, and especially their feedback, influences Rock XL and Big Rock. Rock XL measures 108 feet (33 meters), while Big Rock is 138 feet (42 meters). “At the core of that premise is an evolved owner and guest experience,” de Vries continues.
For example, Rock XL has 50 percent more relaxation space than Rock. It’s particularly evident in the sky lounge, which opens out onto a large alfresco area with a pool and lounging area. Additionally, the guest staterooms are each 50 percent larger than those of Rock, whereas the master suite is more than twice the size. Further to this point, Rock XL has two VIPs situated aft below decks, one in each corner and enveloped in windows. The master even includes a private spa, a gym, and a deploying balcony within a dedicated office, right at the water level (above). Visitors onboard and observers of Rock have often commented on the same feature, it’s worth noting.
The 265-gross-ton Rock XL lends special consideration to the crew and their needs, too. For instance, more stowage than typical is available in the bow. Their cabins get a boost in comfort as well.
Look for Rock XL to start construction in September, launching about 16 months afterwards. Lithium-ion batteries will be among the systems onboard, handling hotel loads for more peaceful nights’ sleeps. Details on Big Rock should follow soon.
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