VPLP is the most famous multihull design office in the World. With 25 employees, in two different offices, one in Vannes in charge of racing yachts and the other one in Paris in charge of cruising yachts, they are two of the most talented architects in the Multihull World.
Some of their most famous racing yachts :
PIERRE PREMIER / 60 foot trimaran / 1989
HYDROPTERE / 60 foot hydrofoil / 1994
SPORT ELEC / 90 foot trimaran / 1997
Groupama I-II-II / 60-90-105 trimarans / 1998-2004-2007
GERONIMO / 110 trimaran / 2001
GEANT / 60 trimaran / 2002
BANQUE POPULAIRE V / 131 trimaran / in built
This is just to list a few of them.
So many successfull designs if the racing world has led the team to work on project for the nautical industry with production yachts and custom project.
Some of their production yachts :
LAGOON 55 / 1987 – LAGOON 47 / 1990 – LAGOON 42 / 1991 —- LAGOON 44 /2004 – LAGOON 420/2006 – LAGOON 380 the smallest but with close to 500 units built.
KEENEX 445 / 1990
SWITCH 51 / 1999
Back to the main subject of the blog luxury catamaran.
VPLP started designing luxury cruising catamarans with the twin 85-footer HIGHEST HONOUR I and II on 1991 (one of them now being LONE STAR ). The twin were already built in composite and designed with sucess for the charter industry .
In 1999 they enter the mega catamaran market with the largest cruising catamaran designed and built so far DOUCE FRANCE a stunning 140′ built in Aluminum by Alumarine. DOUCE FRANCE has a ketch rig and can accomodate 12 guests with 8 crew.
In 2003, CORIOLAN VI Bis 77′ was launched, built entirely in carbon by the Multiyacht Compositi shipyard in italy. The same year came out the ground breaking CILIAM a 92 footer in composite built by Salt House Shipyard in Australia. This catamaran features a very innovative design with a lot of room inside due to the fact that the roof is as large as the beam. The owner cabin is one the main platform at mast foot and enjoys a great sea view. Finally CILIAM is a fast catamaran with a 35 carbon rotating wing mast. In 2003 again, CHE , a 73 footer was launched at the SUNREEF shipyard in Poland.
This year VPLP will reach a climax with the launching of GEMINI, the largest private owner cruising catamaran in the world built at the DERECKTOR shipyard in the US. GEMINI will accomadate 10 guests in five statesrooms and 6 crew. I look forward to see this mega cat launched.
With other drawings on their boards and a growing market for luxury catamaran, I am sure the team will keep on working on great designs and of course see many of their yachts launched in the future.