Wassersport-Messen 2016

April 11th, 2016
Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design
Eclecticism and a multidisciplinary nature
Three creations and projects to be showcased at the International Multihull Show

2 days to go till the grand opening of the International Multihull Show. In the Multihull Club Design space, the multidisciplinary team at Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design will be showcasing three very different catamarans: the brand new Lucia 40 from the Fountaine Pajot yard, a 110-foot One-Off designed for the Chinese yard Ruying Yacht and a rapprochement with the Dutch yard Holland Jachtbouw that is as interesting as it is unique. See you in La Grande-Motte in southern France from 13 to 17 April 2016.

The Lucia 40, the 110' Ruying Yacht and the Holland Jachtbouw project: three creations, three responses to some radically different design briefs, which have made full use of the multidisciplinary skills of Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design. Whether it is a production boat or a One-Off, all their expertise has been brought into play in terms of architecture, exterior or interior design so as to fit each client's brief in style.
Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design was one of the first naval architecture firms to fully integrate a team of multidisciplinary designers. That was some 5 years ago already. Today, the symbiosis between these different skill sets enables them to have a comprehensive, optimised understanding for all remits.

The 7th edition of the Multihull Show will be an opportunity to discover three of their latest creations where naval architecture, exterior and interior design come together in sublime fashion.

The Lucia 40: light and chic
For the Lucia 40, a new entry-level product from the Fountaine-Pajot yard showcased at the last Nautic Paris boat show, the aim was to design a youthful, dynamic and light silhouette that essentially expands on the look of the small production catamarans. "We've put a lot of work into the boat's profile to create a new style of coachroof and to assert her dynamism", explains the Principal, Olivier Racoupeau.

Lucia 40 - Crédit Forest Johnson
The atmosphere of the boat's interior has also been revamped by the firm's designers: "For example we've integrated matt finish wood and some wonderfully tactile ‘grip touch' paint... It's pretty chic and really qualitative", interior designer Isabelle Racoupeau comments. The 110' Ruying Yacht, a first! The big challenge of this very first collaboration between the firm from La Rochelle and a Chinese yard for a yacht of this scale, was to successfully integrate a voluminous, comfortable owner's section and discreet, aesthetic lines. "We're proud of the fact that we've managed to create an elegant double-deck", says Olivier smiling.

110' Ruying Yacht - Crédit Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design
Meantime, the interior fit-out has yet to be finalised. Several styles have been put forward, both classic and modern, but always with a selection of precious materials and an extremely well-crafted finish: "The varnishes are ultra glossy or ultra matt, with luxury fabrics (silk, linen...), rugs and carpets. The linings are made of leather and the cabinetwork is particularly fine...", the designer points out.

Holland Jachtbouw & Berret Racoupeau: a dynamic mix
Dutch excellence combined with French expertise - such is the nature of this rapprochement of the much renowned Holland Jachtbouw yard and Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design. Their joint project aims to build on the solid foundations of their respective expertise to break new ground... We cannot give any further details about this collaboration for now, but the aim is to develop a new kind of cruising catamaran that is high-tech, lightweight and high performance. Projet Holland Jachtbouw & Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design Down below, the focus is on the art de vivre, combining large social spaces and the intimacy of private zones.

Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design
What is striking about Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design’s offices when you first arrive is the harmony that reigns among this team. This is immediately followed by the sparkle in their eyes when they begin to talk about their work: "No two days are the same, there's never any routine and there's always a challenge. It's extremely rich."

Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design comprises a team of 10 naval architects, designers and engineers with complementary expertise. For the past 25 years, major yards and a host of boat owners have trusted them with the design of their big boats.

The strength of this multidisciplinary team lies in its ability to understand a project from every angle: naval architecture, exterior and interior design. At every phase, the project takes shape by taking into account all the specifications and the various constraints. In this way every parameter is optimised and the ensemble benefits from an established coherence.

The shows 13-17 Apr. Salon International du Multicoque (La Grande Motte) 4-7 May On-Water (London) 6-11 Sep. Yachting Festival de Cannes 28 Sep.-1 Oct. Monaco Boat Show 3-11 Dec. Nautic

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