Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
NEW YEAR, NEW YACHTS 068 KEVIN GREEN / OYSTER McCONAGHY MC260 Catamarans have never been cooler as we can see from the busy international scene where the Extreme 40s, AC 45s and D35s are taking centrestage amid the backdrop of the upcoming America's Cup cat-fest. So it's no surprise that these fast multi-hulls are inspiring performance-cruising catamarans such as McConaghy's new MC260. Their China yard is currently building two of these sleek cats, with the first to splash around March. The design brief from project manager Raphael Blot is for a fast cruising catamaran, highly stable yet aimed to perform in the light airs typical of SE Asian sailing. Layout is galley up with four cabins, and a hardtop bimini ensures weather protection for alfresco dining. The hull design has plenty of bridge-deck clearance with reverse-angled bow, à la an America's Cup cat, giving a sharp exterior styling. Down below, the external stying brief continues with renderings showing a clean and minimalist interior, ensuring everything is clean and tidy. Constructed in epoxy from SP Gurit with carbon reinforcing, the resin-infused hull is intended to be a hard-wearing yet cruiser-friendly build. Rigidity should be assured, thanks to all structural beams being carbon, which connect the E-glass/carbon epoxy foam sandwich hull and deck. Windward performance will be enhanced by the use of twin daggerboards and the 110--120cm bridge deck clearance. www.mc2catamarans.com MODEL McConaghy MC260 DESIGN Renaud Bañuls / www.banulsdesign.com LOA 18.28m / 60ft BEAM 8.60m DRAFT 1.40m / 3.20m ENGINE 2 x Yanmar 4JH5E 53HP SAIL AREA Mainsail 118m2, solent 56m2, staysail 35m2, code 0 120m2, gennaker 165m2, asymmetric spinnaker 235m2 WATER CAPACITY TBA FUEL CAPACITY TBA DISPLACEMENT (light) 9,000kg PRICE POA Performance cruising catamaran with good upwind potential, modern con struction and stylish interior. MODEL Oyster 885 DESIGNER Rob Humphreys LOA 26.06m / 85' 6" BEAM 6.33m DRAFT Standard TBC / shoal TBC / centreboard 3.5m ENGINE Cummins QSL9 330hp SAIL AREA (with 100% foretriangle) 379.97m2 WATER CAPACITY 2000 litres FUEL CAPACITY 3500 litres DISPLACEMENT standard keel 74,000kg PRICE POA OYSTER 885 Oyster is a name synonymous with the best of British quality. Despite some recent setbacks and ownership changes the yard continues to produce bluewater sailing yachts for its loyal buyers and the new Oyster 885 is a great example. Oyster's longevity makes them popular with owners who also want to charter out their boat - a good way to check out the brand before buying. The new 855 has been designed by Rob Humphreys to comply with the MCA 24m Load Line Length watershed, thus negating the commercial registration of the superyacht category. The layout is dominated by a spacious deck saloon, with all-round windows, which lead out to a centre cockpit-style area with twin-wheel steering at the aft, leaving the stern deck free for sunbathing. Available rig options include in-mast furling, in-boom furling, cutter and double-headed, so there are plenty of options for voyaging or just day sailing. The luxurious accommodation layout has the owner's stateroom forward with three ensuite guest cabins, one of which can be configured as a study or lower saloon area. The 86-footer provides good crew quarters, with two cabins, galley and mess area all with good privacy. The Oyster 885's graceful hull shape hides plenty of beam so she comes with twin rudders, which greatly aids tracking when heeled and should allow slick manoeuvring in harbour. Further control comes from stern and bowthrusters. Keel options include deep, as well as lifting -- the latter an essential for many bluewater big boats. www.oystermarine.com Premium quality semi-custom pocket superyacht with plenty of keel option s for discern ing bluewater sa ilors.
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