August 25, 2008


The NOAH 76, another VPLP design, inspired by the exploration yacht concept, a really nice looking catamaran.

I am not a great fan of motor catamarans but I really like the design of the NOAH 76. Very elegant and not agressive, VPLP's website says it is designed according to the exploration yacht concept but to me it looks more like a neo classic design with exploration capabilities. It is very luminous. If you look at the pictures of the model you can see that the salon is surrounded by large windows and opens on the cockpit on one side. In the middle a loft style helicoidal stairs goes up to the pilot house and to a huge intertainement terasse. The NOAH 76 offers three en suite cabins and one crew next to the galley and crew mess.

The NOAH 76 is very economical with ocean crossing autonomy and a draft as little as 3.3 feet. The NOAH 76 came out of the brain of Jean Claude Borgel, owner of many cats including the very famous 138' DOUCE FRANCE.

A NOAH 88 is also available with an amazing owner suite.

You will be able to discover the NOAH's at the Cannes International Boat Show from the 10 to the 15 th of September.
Now I am waiting for a designer to come out with a luxury sailing catamaran with a neo-classic exterior and interior design. If you know of any let me know.
The pictures of the NOAH 76 model are from Nicolas Claris.


Anonymous said...

I actually love the exterior look, and concept of this yacht.
But there are some unbelieveable issues that prevent it from being an Actual exploration/expedition yacht.
An interior space larger than a New York apartment, yet all that it contains is a galley and seating for four people. That's it. Where would you eat when the weather is bad? Or for matter, sit while the seas heave and the rain pours? And all those sharp corners and complete lack of hand holds - has anyone at Alu or VPLP ever BEEN at sea? Drop the cabin soles, make the cabins less luxurious (who stays in their cabin except to sleep?) and make that salon useful in a seaway!
It can get cold on the water, all that outdoor deck space is nice while anchored in the tropics, but if it's cold, stormy, or rough out, there's no place for all of your guests to sit in comfort, and no place to take meals.
And the bridge - seriously? A small bench in the back with a nice view of the back of the skipper's head.
This boat was designed to appeal to folks who will never leave the dock.
One more thing - One Thousand Horsepower yet a max speed of 16-20 knots? Seriously? Great economy at 12-14 cruise I get, but with that kind of power it sure ought to be able to achieve higher speeds.
Massive fail.

luxurycat said...

Thanks for you comment. I post all the comments on the blog as long as they are constructive and not agressive. Every body has the right to have its own opinion.

everdan said...

Dear Mister,
Thank you for comment but please note that all the pictures and renderings of the NOAH show the yacht as a concept, a prototype.
The interior layout for example was created by a specific designer, but with such spacious areas on board, it is easy to create another comfortable and functional layout.
So the current interior design allows showing one possible layout among many other possibilities.
The NOAHs are custom catamarans, so the layout, the decoration and the equipments can be customized according to the owner’s wishes and sailing program.
The VPLP architects design a lot of seaworthy and powerful boats; ALU MARINE build many custom boats for professional and owners, adapted to their needs. They can adapt the NOAHs according your wishes, keeping the nice concept and the beautiful exterior look that you seem to appreciate a lot.