Vitruvius Yachts

Not just a name

vitruvian man representing vitruvius yachts

Good design is all about perfect proportions and perfect balance. All forms of architecture could be said to begin with the mathematical rigours of geometry.

Vitruvius Yachts derives its name from  ‘The Vitruvian Man’, the world-renowned drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci ,the symbol of ideal proportions. With this symbol, together with the three core principles, the Vitruvius Yachts concept was born.

In about 20 BCE, the ancient Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius set out the rules in his Ten Books on Architecture. Vitruvius is responsible for all the geometry in today’s built environment. Later scientists and philosophers discovered these same ratios in the human body and Leonardo da Vinci made Vitruvius famous through his drawing of the perfect man. [illus] The Vitruvian “divine proportion” has been called the building block of all life and the hidden code in architecture.

The beauty of each Vitruvius yacht is derived from its optimal proportions, meticulous detail, perfect balance and efficiency, which makes the name so fitting.


“We keep it simple and pure, and our designs are without superfluous elements. All of the lines in our yacht designs are there for a reason, they serve a purpose, and are not included just for the sake of design. If something has no function, we don’t include it. We try to be as minimalist as possible, as again this improves efficiency, but also in terms of aesthetics. This discipline stems from my background as a sailing yacht designer, where lines have to be straight and simple.”


Sustainability is central to Philippe’s Yacht design. Each boat is based on three fundamental principles of efficiency, sustainability and robustness.

Briand’s vast experience of sailing and yacht design combined with an understanding of advanced hydrodynamics and engineering, enhances his designs. He is able to integrate new technologies into his yacht deign. He believes that creating the perfect motor yacht is a combination of science, the rigours of naval architecture, and art.

“When designing anything, I always ask, ‘Why is this here? If I can’t justify it, I won’t include it, and I maintain that discipline throughout the whole design process.”

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