LUXURY CARBON SAILING YACHTS ACCORDING
TO MICHAEL SCHMIDT'S PHILOSOPHY
The simpler the boat, the purer the sailing experience and the greater the pleasure. Discover the reliability, safety and comfort that comes with the “keep it simple” concept.
The goal has been clear and simple: to use the best technologies available to enjoy sailing while respecting the elements and the environment.
FAST IS FUN – A YYACHT MUST SAIL WELL EVEN IN THE LIGHTEST WIND, SO THERE IS NO THOUGHT OF STARTING THE ENGINE
According to Michael Schmidt, the ideal cruiser is the opposite of a heavy yacht overloaded with features. “Sailing fun is maximized by a simple boat that is reduced to the bare essentials without sacrificing comfort.” Lightweight displacements need lower driving forces and manage with smaller engines. Then you can look to hybrid drives or energy recovery systems that reduce primary energy demand. YYachts has been a pioneer in this field since 2018 with the creation of the 22m YX Pure “Eugen Seibold”, yacht developed for oceanography research.
A MODERN YACHT MUST BE FAST AND HAVE A DISTINCTIVE LOOK
YYachts sail comfortably even in the lightest wind so there’s no need to start the engine. Once you have had this experience, you do not want to sail on any other yacht.
But the perfect yacht must also stand out in the harbour, yet her charm resist the passing of time and changing fashions. YYachts is committed to bringing together all these different elements in a kind of Swiss clockwork: the playful mastery of long distances, the easy handling of a large yacht, the performance in all winds, coupled with a high-quality living space.
All by striving for maximum respect of the elements and sustainability.
Y Yachts manufactures luxury sailing yachts up to 33 meters in length. All hulls and rigs are delivered in carbon fibre.
In the modern production facilities in Greifswald, northern Germany, largely automated paint sheds allow for top-quality painting and to temper hulls made of prepreg at up to 90 degrees Celsius.
THREE SEMI-CUSTOM MODELS account for the bulk of the yard’s current production:
the Y7 at 22 metres, the Y8 at 24 metres and, latest addition to the range, the Y9, at just under 28 metres.
Behind the creation of a “visionary” brand such as Y Yachts stands Michael Schmidt Yachtbau and its founder Michael Schmidt. A passionate regatta sailor himself, he was a protagonist in the German challenges of the Admiral’s Cup in the 1980s, then founder and manager of a series boat manufacturer giant such as Hanse Yachts.
YYachts Shipyard is one of many success stories of its founder Michael Schmidt.
Like many boatyards, this one began when Schmidt, himself a passionate regatta sailor and boatbuilder, was looking for a private sailing yacht.
Schmidt wanted his new yacht to stand out in the harbour, yet still please the eye after the passing of the years. The basic problem Schmidt saw with all the large yachts he examined was that they were unnecessarily complicated. After searching in vain for a new or used boat that he liked, he decided to build his perfect sailing yacht himself.
In Lorenzo Argento of Brenta Design and Sir David Chipperfield, he found sailors with the same passion as him; Argento for the construction and Chipperfield for interior and design. 2014 marked the birth of YYachts.
Schmidt realized he had recognized a gap in the market and so the new shipyard kicked off right after the delivery of his 80-foot “Cool Breeze”.
After four years “at full speed”, over a dozen boats have already been sold and YYachts is making a name for itself internationally in a segment that can already be said quite saturated.
Starring success Italian designers such as Lorenzo Argento of Brenta Design and international names such as Bill Tripp, all of them combining their efforts with a German production of the highest quality.
YYachts represents today an unconventional brand, whose innovative spirit will not stop surprising also in future projects.
Three custom models account for the boatyard’s current production
Located in the centre of the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the Marina of Cala Galera in the Tuscan peninsula of Argentario, Wind Yachts is the reference point in Italy for all owners of Yachts.
The Argentario is just over 150 km from the airports of Rome and Pisa. By sea, it offers three ports with easy access in all weather conditions, as well as docking and travel lift for yachts up to 55 meters.