These days, one of the most discussed issues of America’s Cup is the speed of Team New Zealand AC75 yacht, rival of Luna Rossa (Covid permitting) from March 10th. There were rumors of peaks of 55-60 knots, someone even jokingly spoke of 70, 80, 90 knots.
And there were even those who invoked Tesla, NASA, proposing Emirates Team New Zealand as a spacecraft or a car. Obviously, there is nothing true.
What is true, instead, is that Grant Dalton, managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand, got a new catamaran. Much slower than AC75 yachts, of course. But very fast in its category.
The new Mr. Dalton’s jewel is called McConaghy MC63p.
Designed for long cruising, the McConaghy MC63p bought by Grant Dalton has a range of 1,500 nautical miles. Her cruising speed is 20 knots while the top speed promised is 36 knots. A very interesting feature for a motor-powered catamaran of this size. The boat boats optimized hull lines and fixed foils. Power comes from twin Scania 875HP engines.
Exterior design and naval architecture come from KER Design and echoe the profile and progressive styling that’s seen across McConaghy’s multihull series. More specifically, the MC63p offers two flybridge layouts to choose from, catering to a number of different usage models. The aft flybridge option allows for a bank of seating behind the helm with a sun pad recessed into the coach roof, whilst the extended flybridge option creates a larger space for relaxing or toy stowage, with the addition of a bridge atop the coach roof.
There are three versatile interior arrangements available, allowing for a three or four cabin layout or an arrangement that positions the master suite on the main deck. Twin bunk cabins forward allow for the accommodation of crew. Retractable glass panels flank the open-plan saloon and galley, and full height bi-fold glass doors connect this dynamic social space to the aft deck.
Interior styling comes from Design Unlimited, an award-winning studio with extensive experience in both large custom yachts and the production sector. Noteworthy is the possibility for the owner to choose his own interior designer to create a unique interior for his boat. The interior design of this first MC63p is by Kit Carlier.
The MC63p carries her tender on an aft cradle, deployed and recovered by a hydraulic lift system. A tender or water toys can also be stowed on the foredeck.
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