Designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and John G. Alden, Borkumriff IV reaches back to 19th century New England commercial schooners for her inspiration. Her interior, by John Munford, complements the classic lines of her sheer and deck houses. Finished in teak and lightly stained raised panel mahogany, the yacht's below decks spaces are softened by white overheads and lots of natural light.
The deck plan has a large cockpit at deck level located between two deck houses. The forward half is arranged for lounging and dining and allow for easy access to the forward sunken deck house, the aft part is set up as a helmsman station with good all around visibility and with direct access to the sunken aft deck house, which is the chart house. The side decks are kept wide and uncluttered by locating all the deck structures, such as the cathedral salon skylight, skylights, hatches and stowage boxes, close to center-line.
Borkumriff IV won the Superyacht Society Award for best sailing yacht over 36 meters 2003.