January 23, 2013


VPLP, in their perpetual search for speed at sea French naval architects Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost have created the VPLP78, a muscular catamaran that will deliver a dynamic sailing experience at the helm, while cosseting her owners in an ambiance of style and comfort.  


The layout is designed to capture the moments of a journey in niches of intimacy while revealing vast, panoramic views. The transparency between the interior and  exterior transport the spirit beyond the horizon, weaving a distinct harmony between past, present and future as the voyager glances from the wake the catamaran has traced, to share the ambiance on board and then forward, into the distance to where the breeze propels them. The architects have cleverly distributed all the weight and force of the mast into the roof, so there is no mast bulkhead or pillar in the middle of the salon and nothing obstructs the view and flow from stem to stern which accentuates the sensation of fluidity.

The mood of conviviality is accentuated by placing the galley up, at the heart of the yacht around which four separate lounge and dining areas are arranged, both in the open air or inside the saloon.   The nav station is situated forward with excellent visibility and plenty of bureau space with all instruments connected back to the sporty, raised, twin - helm station in the cockpit.

Within the hulls, two double en-suite cabins and two twin guest cabins all enjoy private en-suite facilities. The guests are attended to by two crew in their own twin cabin. With the aim of delivering excellent performance, VPLP have designed the VPLP 78 with a long water line, light bows purposely intended to remain empty for buoyancy and the engine rooms positioned a-stern. 

The mast is stepped back on the structure which is directly inspired by VPLP’s high performance, record winning, racing trimarans and makes for a very powerful sail plan. All sailing manoeuvres have been moved aft of the living area for safety and ease of crew traffic. Control lines are fed below deck, back to the electric winches so that the deck surfaces remain clean and uncluttered by stray lines.

VPLP78 is designed to be built in composite with a fully carbon rig.

Principal Characteristics

Length 23.95 m (78.6’)

Beam 10.5 m (34.5’)

Draft Board Down 4.5 m (14.8’)

Draft Board Up 1.3 m (4.3')

Wetdeck clearance (full Load) 1.3 m (4.3’)

Estimated full displacement 28 T

Engine power 2 x 185 hp

Estimated Speed under power 12 knots

Fuel capacity 2000 L (528 gallons)

Fresh Water capacity 1500 L (396 gallons)


Mast Height 31.45 m (103’)

Air Draft 35.2 m (115.5’)

Main192 m² (2 067 sq/ft)

Solent 132 m² (1 421 sq/ft)

Staysail 75 m² (807 sq/ft)

Gennaker 300 m² (3 230 sq/ft)

Spinnaker approx. 500 m² (5 382 sq/ft)

Upwind Sail Area (Main & Solent) 322 m² (3 466 sq/ft)

Reaching SA (Main & Gennaker) 492 m² (5 296 sq/ft)


Guests 8

Crew 2

Headroom Salon 2.2 m / 7.2 ft

Headroom Hulls 2.05 m / 6.7 ft


Hull & Superstructure Composite

Appendages Carbon

Spars Carbon

Class CE < 24m

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