YYachts - Introduces the New Y9
The Greifswald shipyard is adding another Y9 to its portfolio. The yacht presents the same volume of 100ft yacht. YYacht is still on the upswing and expanding its portfolio. The yard’s new flagship Y9 is born from the ambitious idea of building a lightweight masterpiece of craftsmanship following the company’s philosophy to reduce sailing to its essentials and serving all customer’s needs.
With a length of 27.40 m, the Y9 presents the same volume of a 100ft yacht with a private owners’ apartment to offer maximum privacy, comfortable guest cabins and a large and flexible crew area. The exterior design and naval architecture was drawn by Bill Tripp while the interior is the result of a styling by Norm Architects and the experience of Design Unlimited.
As all YYachts models, the Y9 is built completely from carbon fibre optimizing performance and making her extremely competitive. YYachts founder Michael Schmidt says: “With her length of 90 feet, the yacht has an interesting rating and is for sure able to win some trophies at the St Barths Bucket, the Superyacht Cup or the Maxi Rolex Cup”.
According to Michael Schmidt, several discussions with owners were decisive for the development of the Y9: “Actually, customers were interested in 100 feet in length. However, from this size upwards - in my experience - yachts become disproportionately expensive because many custom-built components have to be installed. With our expertise, we have therefore implemented the comfort of a 100-foot yacht on a length of 90 feet. With our new Y9 we are entering the super yacht segment.”
The Y9 generates an incomparable volume due to her transversely arranged tender garage in the stern and even has a separate owner’s apartment which consists of a private saloon, a dressing room, a bedroom and a bathroom with double washbasin including a separate shower. A maximum of privacy is guaranteed, which the owner can enjoy with family or close friends.
Great importance was also given to the design of the crew area. As it is an unwritten law in yachting “Happy crew, happy owner”, the crew cabins on the Y9 have been designed extra large, with well thought-out storage space and an additional crew lounge. The captain’s cabin can be converted into a saloon during the day, for example – rooms on the Y9 do not have to have a single predefined purpose.
Following this concept, the interior layout options can be customized with the YYachts design department to satisfy all customer’s desires and to preserve the exclusive style of the boat.
The interior of the Y9 was jointly developed by two design studios. Norm Architects from Copenhagen and Design Unlimited from Lymington combined their architectural and yachting experience and created a Scandinavian elegant look for the Y9 that follows the principle of “soft minimalism” - oiled oak and grey fabrics and panels determine the colour palette. Katrine Goldstein, Managing Director of Norm Architects, says: “The Y9 already follows the award-winning Y7 in its design, but is much more complex and goes deeper. The Y9 will also be a luxurious retreat to get away from the constant stimulation that our everyday lives bring. Mark Tucker, founder of Design Unlimited adds: “Clients will appreciate the authenticity of our design and the sustainable materials we recommend. People are increasingly orienting themselves towards nature: taking from nature and giving back to nature. This principle is particularly pervasive in the luxury market.”
The first Y9 has already been delievered and will be shown at the Cannes Yachting Festival in Port Canto..
The creation of YYachts is one of many success stories of its founder Michael Schmidt. Schmidt, himself a passionate regatta sailor and boat builder, was looking for a yacht privately. Since he could not find one either in the new build or on the brokerage market, he decided to build his ideal boat himself. This idea resulted in the Brenta 80 “Cool Breeze” and in 2016 in the brand Y/Yachts.
YYachts are built exclusively from carbon composite in Greifswald/Ladebow on the Baltic Sea. In a modern, completely newly built production facility, YYachts manufactures sailing yachts up to a length of 33 metres. The shipyard’s automated painting shed makes it possible to paint yachts in almost any color, or to temper yachts made of prepreg at up to 90 degrees Celsius. The YYachts portfolio currently consists of six models: Y7, Y8 SRD, Y8 SRD+, Y8 DC, Y9, YX Pure, YX and YC. All of them are united by Michael Schmidt’s motto: “Sailing fun needs a yacht reduced to her bare essentials without sacrificing comfort.