The concept of Ipharra this 31-meter (102 ft.) unique catamaran came from the mind of the owner; he wanted a boat that would serve his needs.
After having chartered two- or three-dozen different boats all around the world over the last 20 years, he clearly understood and visualized how his dream boat would be. This boat had to serve two other purposes besides his own pleasure; first being the owner and director of an international Swiss boarding school, he wanted to reward his best students and have them study & enjoy this unique opportunity onboard Ipharra, second he also wanted some time set aside for charter.
He chose a sailboat rather than a motor yacht because of both the real and symbolic power of sails to convey those aboard to another place and time. “Sailing really brings you to another world and provides something magical,” he says.
Ipharra was built with enormous outdoor space, he says, because he wanted a real sailing boat, something that brought him, his family and students into close contact with the water, the atmosphere, and the wind. “Ipharra appeals to people who love the sea,” he says. But for us, it was about being closer to the water.”
His philosophical approach seemed to resonate with the clever intellectuality of the yacht’s purpose. Some people want a boat that is a residence on the water. He has made a boat that is primarily a boat, then a residence. He wanted Ipharra’s design and feels to be timeless, that means working with the very best materials to achieve elegance. He didn’t want anything that looked like it was showing off. The most important thing aboard is the people, not the décor. He wanted the yacht connoisseurs to recognize that the Ipharra represents a concept: she’s firstly very comfortable and very livable – and is constructed to a very high quality.
Ipharra was not designed to be commercially viable, it was the expression of his emotion that Sunreef under his guidance and advice transformed in a sailing dream, where family, friends and students came together in a place of discovery.