A pocket explorer in build in Turkey.

Turkish yard Evadne and Dutch studio Vripack have unveiled a 24-metre pocket explorer called Rock. In build for owner Ali Sayakci, the yacht is due to launch in 2018.

“When I began to ideate the Rock concept, my utmost concern was how to make a sturdy and rugged yacht with sex appeal,” says Sayakci. “Many of the practiced explorer concepts did not meet the aesthetic and technical criteria I was looking for. Vripack introduced us to the concept of a SUV yacht and it was love at first sight.”


“In order to draw a radical new style which is future proof I adapted our VriThinking method which let me to the trend of Marble we’ve been spotting for a couple of years,” says Vripack’s Robin de Vries. “To adopt the masculinity of the stone with feminine shapes of a yacht created a style that was spot on for this owner. Working in a holistic design team my colleagues from Naval Architecture and Engineering provided from day one the right tools which makes MY Rock a true Vripack explorer.”


The yacht is in build at the Turkish Evadne yard with project management support by Tufan and Brothers. “On board the Family will always be facing the sea, that’s how we designed her,” says De Vries. “Although a rather open plan layout the routing and furniture is placed more like a modern loft than traditional yacht. In plan view that creates an a-symmetric layout which at first sight startles you, yet you don’t experience your time on board in plan view. When you actually use the yacht at sea it all makes sense.”


“We kept her length in a fashion to be able to get in virgin areas of Mediterranean,” says Sayakci. “Rock has a high straight bow to intercept rough seas and low aft to be close to sea as some sea gurus prefer. Last few decades mega yachts went into an adolescent race of length. While they are providing more space and comfort at the same time they probably are alienating the passengers from a connection to the sea and nature. For me Vripack managed to pack a super yacht comfort and floor space in a moderate size while achieving an impressive speed.”

Rock’s Fast Displacement hull will allow for speeds of up to 17 knots with two CAT C12 engines. A Transatlantic range of 3000 nautical miles is possible at 12 knots. Interior design is by Vripack Studio.