Grant Dalton gets a motor catamaran that, however, does “only” 36 knots

These days one of the big themes of the America’s Cup is the speed of the New Zealanders’ AC75, Luna Rossa’s opponents starting (covid permitting) on March 10. There were rumors of peaks of 55-60 knots, some people raised, jokingly talking about 70, 80, 90 knots.

Some have even called Tesla into question, NASA, proposing Emirates Team New Zealand as a space or automotive vehicle. There is no truth to it, of course.

Grant Dalton

What is true, however, is that Team New Zealand’s boss, Grant Dalton, got his new catamaran. Much less fast than AC75, let’s be clear. But still very fast in his category.

Dalton’s new jewel is called the McConaghy MC63p.

Grant Dalton’s cat.

Designed for long sailing, the McConaghy MC63p has a range of 1,500 miles. Its cruising speed is 20 knots while its promised maximum speed is 36 knots. A very interesting figure for a motor catamaran of this size. How did they arrive at this result? With maximally optimized hull shapes and fixed foils, all powered by two 875-horsepower Scania engines.

grant dalton catamaranThe exterior design and naval architecture were done by KER Design. These lines echo the profile and style of all McConaghy multihulls. This McConaghy motor catamaran features two different flybridge options. The aft flybridge option allows a range of seating behind the helm with a sun pad recessed into the cabin roof. The extended flybridge option, on the other hand, creates a larger space for relaxing or stowing water toys, with the addition of a deck at the top of the cabin.

McConaghy MC63p – Interior

There are three internal arrangements available. You can choose between a three- or four-cabin layout or a configuration that places the master suite on the main deck. The twin forward cabins, on the other hand, allow the crew to be accommodated on board. The living room is a large open space with glass panels flanking it. Full-height bi-fold glass doors connect this space to the aft deck.

McConaghy MC63p

Interior styling for McConaghy’s range of multihulls comes from Design Unlimited, a studio with experience in large custom yachts. An interesting feature of the McConaghy MC63p is that the shipyard also allows the owner to be able to choose their favorite interior designer to create a unique interior for their boat. The interior design for this first MC63p model is by Kit Carlier.

The MC63p carries its tender on a stern platform, winged and launched by a hydraulic lift system. A tender or water toys can also be stowed on the foredeck.

McConaghy MC63p: data sheet

  • LOA 19 m
  • B.max: 8.56 m
  • Draft: 1.4 m
  • Standard Power: 2 x Scania 875hp
  • Fuel Tanks: 8,000 L
  • Fresh Water: 1,500 L
  • Headroom saloon: 2.00 m – 2.30 m
  • Headroom hulls 2.00 m – 2.30 m
  • Designer: Ker yacht design
  • Builder: McConaghy boats
  • CE-Category Certificate: A-Ocean
  • STRUCTURE: Bureau Veritas
  • Italian importer: Multiyachts

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