First look: YYachts Tripp 90

The YYachts Tripp 90 design takes US East Coast and mid 20th century Scandinavian influences as Rupert Holmes finds out

Over the past few years YYachts has cemented a reputation for producing large composite yachts that are remarkably uncomplicated and therefore easy and fun to sail. The German yard’s latest launch, a custom YYachts Tripp 90, will be unveiled at Cannes boat show, where it will be on display next to the existing YYachts Y7 and Y8 models.

The new boat was developed for an American owner who plans to use it for both worldwide cruising and racing. Key requirements included the ability to operate with only three sailors when cruising, yet be competitive in regatta mode.

YYachts tends to eschew deck saloons with huge expanses of glass, as these heat the boat’s interior, placing a greater dependence on air conditioning systems. However, a key part of the brief for the YYachts Tripp 90 was to be able to look out to sea when sitting in the saloon.

The solution designer Bill Tripp developed is a relatively low profile New England-style coachroof with extensive vertical glazing.

Nevertheless, when the sun is almost overhead this will not contribute significantly to heating the accommodation.

Andrew Winch drew on both US East Coast and mid 20th century Scandinavian influences for the interior styling. This combines soft leather with light oak timber to produce an atmosphere of understated elegance.

During the summer of 2021 the boat was undergoing sea trials on the Baltic, from where Tripp reports “the yacht sails exceptionally well… we have set a standard here.”

YYachts Y9 coming up

YYachts has also announced a new Y9 production model, with the first boat scheduled for launch in 2022.

This is also a Tripp design and is intended as a logical progression from the Y7 and Y8. It’s borne of the same philosophy of simplicity, with a concerted effort made to simplify shapes, structures and running rigging to create a yacht with minimal distractions and that is easy to sail, despite its size.

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