After the delivery of “Vegas Baby“, YYachts developed a modified 80 feet platform for a Swiss customer. For the new Y8, the German shipyard design and development team based in Palma de Mallorca cooperated with Surge Projects. The Mallorcan design studio around Javier Jaudenes has a “knack” for a timelessly elegant design but also has great experience in designing fast yachts.
“For me, this new Y8 is a very special design“, says Michael Schmidt, YYachts founder.” After all, I founded the shipyard with the first Y8. In between, there are quite a few orders. But yachting is always evolving due to new building materials, different rigs and also the regatta scene. This is what inspires us at YYachts to continually develop new products.“
Surge Projects has developed such interesting yachts as “Win Win” or the Café Racer. German shipyard CEO Dirk Zademack says: “Javier Jaudenes is an excellent fit for YYachts with his previous projects; he is a great addition to Bill Tripp. We build fast boats that are both safe and easy to handle. That they also display outstanding design is a given.“
The new Y8 has a wider stern, so in combination with the mast set further back, Javier Jaudenes predicts high-speed potential for his design: “The jib will provide a lot of speed. A lot of R&D results from previous projects have gone into the Y8. It is an essence of our experience and will be fast, but at the same time very safe under any conditions. The fact that YYachts builds from carbon naturally suits our philosophy. The new Y8 is a lot of fun. I would describe her as a good-mood yacht.”
The interior volume of the yacht is 20 percent larger than that of its predecessor. This results in many different layout options: the owner’s suite including a separate saloon can be located either in the bow or in the stern with direct access to the cockpit, the galley can be installed open or closed, and three or four cabins can be fitted. By moving the engine room below the saloon floor, the yacht gets a lower center of gravity and thus a better balance, which results in additional speed.