A shipyard that has made a trademark out of innovation. A designer famed for his original and practical ideas. A project that reunites them. This is the story behind the new yacht designed by Valerio Rivellini that will come to life in the Evo Yachts shipyards. The Velar 78 is based on a concept launched on the market a few months ago by Rivellini, which Evo Yachts has made it’s own and transformed into a new model in the brand’s range. The first unit is under construction and will be launched in spring 2021.
In December 2019, designer Valerio Rivellini launched a new concept for a stunningly innovative 70-foot motor yacht that also incorporates the strengths of a sailboat. This concept has been transformed into a working project through synergy between the designer’s desire to break free of convention and the strategic vision and construction capabilities of Evo Yachts, the Blue Emme Yachts brand that has built a reputation on the market both for its range of open yachts with “XTension” bulwarks and for its tenders. In partnership, they developed Rivellini’s Velar 70 concept and transformed it into the Velar 78, with content and dimensions that make it a better fit for the shipyard’s development plans. “After the success of our R4 and R6 models, we had for some time been looking at extending the range and adding a new series of yachts that lived up to our reputation for innovation. When we saw the Velar concept by Valerio Rivellini, our go-to designer for many years, we realised it was exactly what we were looking for. Velar is original, intelligent and cross-market, but it is also a boat that can be built using consolidated processes. We immediately reached an understanding with Valerio and the result is the Velar 78, the first model in a new series,” said the Mercuri brothers, the owners of Blu Emme Yachts and through it the Evo Yachts brand.
Velar 78 is a 24-meter motor yacht with a refined, minimalist design created for a leisurely and relaxed lifestyle at sea. It is a yacht that defies classification, combining the strengths of both motor yachts and sailboats. Velar 78 goes beyond the expected. The big yacht wheel gives the owner the sensation of captaining a sailboat, while the helm station in the deckhouse offers a protected alternative out of the elements, equipped with a joystick drive that is perfect for complicated manoeuvres or in rough seas and replaces the wheel, like on an aircraft. The glazed surfaces in the deckhouse are designed to disappear completely out of view, turning the boat into a pure open with T-top. It is a boat for owners who want to experience the thrill of travel in a new but yet traditional way, mindful of reduced consumption and eco-sustainability. This model, therefore, represents the first step in a new direction fuelled by innovation and real progress, as well as a confirmation of the successful partnership between the shipyard and the designer. Evo Yachts and Valerio Rivellini are back at work together after creating high profile models like the multiple award-winning Evo R4 and Evo R6, or the Evo T2 tender.