Our innovative solutions
The mentality to prove the opposite of impossible resonates throughout our shipyard and has done from the day we started. We do the impossible with a team who have down-to-earth mentality and high level of expertise. With the drive to exceed expectations, through our leading creativity and innovative solutions. We feel that in every step of the process there’s the possibility of adding a spark of magic.
Our recent innovations
easy anchoring operations together with clean decks
flush bollard for uncluttered decks
safe and easy sail storage below deck
the perfect combination of headsail furling and below deck storage in one
improved sailing performance and easy precision manoeuvring
high load, high speed and low weight captive winches
Vitters’ clean-deck policy led us to develop a very neat custom-built anchor arm system. When the anchor is not in use the whole anchoring system is stowed below deck. Before deploying the anchor, the V-Anchor-Arm is hydraulically hinged forward, well clear of the bow, thus avoiding any chance of it scuffing the topsides, with the anchor ready to be dropped. Dropping and weighing anchor operations are easily controlled, safely, by one crew member.
The sail drum is essentially a development of fishing net reel technology. Never specified for sails before, Vitters’ engineers did extensive testing on myriad sizes of furled sails and the calculated what forces may be applied without damaging cloth. Since Anatta, Vitters has installed this system on four more yachts, carefully implementing small refinements, based on hands-on experience. We call the current version V-Drum.
The V-Drum provides for easy sail changes with a limited number of crew. The sail drum is effectively a compact on-board sail storage device. It avoids the need for crew to drag heavy sail bags over the deck and thus teak and brightwork are not prone to damage. Quick sail changes during racing increase the overall performance of the yacht too, of course.
Modern yachts require clean and uncluttered decks.
Vitters’ in-house designers constantly brainstorm for new solutions, varying from ventilation ducts and grilles to track systems – and even the humble bollard.
Recently-delivered yachts have been equipped with the V-Bollard.
The V-Bollard is flush with the deck when not in use. There is no risk of ropes being accidentally caught by the bollard or, even worse, a barefoot guest injuring a toe.
V-Bollards are simply operated, manually with a winch handle.
Vitters pioneered the first ever below-deck headsail drum and furler, for hands-off operation, on Anatta (ex. Aglaia). This system increases the performance of Vitters yachts, since sail changes can take place quickly and easily whilst reducing energy consumption of furlers, winches and feeders.
Over the years Vitters’ R&D team has done extensive testing and we have carefully implemented changes, drawing on hands-on experience, improving safety and the ease of handling sails significantly. The current versions are named V-Drum and V-Furl.
The Vitters in-deck furler, V-Furl, is based on the clamp used on oil rigs to clamp the drilling pipe. The really clever bit is found in the clamping system and the hook, which have been meticulously designed and developed to facilitate headsail handling.
One benefit of V-Furl over common storage drums, found on the market today, is that the tack of the sail will be securely attached to the furler fully-automatedly.
Retractable propulsion pods were once only seen on out-and-out performance sailing yachts.
Vitters took this technology further, with its rotatable, retracting V-Pod, specifically built for superyachts.
The innovative development contributes significantly to the performance of the superyacht while under sail. As well as this performance enhancement, the V-Pod eliminates the need for a stern thruster, while allowing for easy precision manoeuvring, into or out of tight spots, by joystick only.
Vitters developed custom high-load captive winches during the construction of the 85-metre (282ft) SY Aquijo,. The 40 tonne-plus loads on these winches created challenges, like nothing that independent winch suppliers had ever seen. So, together with a team of scientists from the Aviation and Airspace Development Laboratory, Vitters modelled the anticipated maximum static and dynamic loads. With this knowledge, it was determined precisely where to add material, and strength, for optimum efficiency.
Using the 40-tonne calculations as a bench mark also gave Vitters the opportunity to downscale the calculations and design and manufacture smaller winches for 12 – 18-tonne loads.
Vitters captive winches are remarkable for their strength, performance and low maintenance. Last but not least, servicing can be carried out, and maintenance advice given, by Vitters’ in-house team.