Frers Design


German ‘Mani’ Frers gained his passion for yacht design from a family whose tradition runs back to 1928. But for Mani, who raced in national and international competitions up to Olympic level in the 470 class, the passion was developing for performance boats and leading-edge technology.

The quest to learn more led to Southampton University between 1988 and 1992. During his studies he completed innovative research in CFD for Il Moro di Venezia America’s Cup team and Tank Testing for Ocean Racing Yachts.

In 1992, he moved to Milan to take responsibility of the Frers Design office in Italy. Mani Frers designed the Wally 77 that paved the way for collaboration with that stylish marquee and the concept is still used today by many superyachts. Alongside such prestige and stylish commissions Mani Frers continued to push the grand prix boundaries in the Maxi class, and special projects like Stealth sailing yacht for Mr. Agnelli.

In 1997 Mani Frers became a key figure in the Prada Luna Rossa design team. The elegant Luna Rossa won the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series and became the challenger for the 2000 America’s Cup in Auckland against Team New Zealand.

In 2000 he designed the Nautor Challenges’ Volvo Ocean Race Amer Sports One that achieved a podium finish in the 2001/02 Volvo Ocean Race.  This successful collaboration extended to the Swan yachts model line.

Mani was nominated as chief designer for the Swedish America’s Cup challenge in 2003 and 2007.

The ability to create beauty, performance, high-quality and seaworthy yachts incorporating trusted innovative technology coupled with the natural skills to coordinate large design teams led to expand the horizons into Sailing Superyachts and Motor yachts around the world.

The award winning 43m sailing yachts Blue Papillion launched in 2013 and the sistership Sea Eagle launched in 2015 built by Royal Huisman Shipyard were closely followed by the 46m Unfurled in 2016 and more recently the 56m Alea launched in 2022 build by Vitters Shipyard and winners of the World Superyacht Awards.

Mani Frers Motoryachts designs have a unique styling and combined with creative living areas and propulsion efficiency creates a new ‘sailing’ experience.

In 2017 the launch of the 24m Bill & Me built by Baltic Yachts in Finland marked a successful start followed in 2018 by the 46m McConaghy build in China.

All new Mani Frers designs involve the use of green energy technologies.

Of note, the build of the largest sailing sloop in the world at 85m length overall currently in construction to be launched in 2026. This yacht is a totally new Superyacht experience and self-sufficient from and energy point of view.

Another project is a 72m Hydrogen technology Motor yacht with innovative styling and layout.