S49, the cat balanced between comfort and technology


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s49The Australian firm McConaghy, in collaboration with Schionning Designs, has been commissioned to design a new 49-foot performance catamaran capable of long sailings. Thus S49 was born. This is a collaboration between “geniuses” in the industry: McConaghy is famous for his know-how in ultralight materials, and Schionning is a big name in “racer/cruiser” catamarans.

Not much is known about the boat yet (there is not even a data sheet), but the construction philosophy includes solutions aimed at offering interior comfort quite similar to that of cruising catamarans on the market (indeed, with larger spaces: as in the case of the square, to which the mast does not take away space, since it is inserted in a rather forward position), but inserted in a lighter, stiffer and stronger structure with a better beam to the waterline. Weight is concentrated in the center, and total displacement, they assure from McConaghy, will be 30 percent less than models of the same length. Two canards will improve upwind performance.


The boat will be built of Corecell foam and Vinylester resin at the McConaghy factory in China-a focus has been on easy sailing. It will be very easy to steer the S49 even with a small crew, with electric winches also easily accessible from the helmsman’s elevated position to which all rigging (including reefing and furling jibs) will be deferred.



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