McConaghy's MC60 in the water
Published: Friday, 26 April 2013
The first hull of the new MC260 series of catamarans has touched the water near the Zhuhai facility of McConaghy's China. The MC260 is the brainchhild of Raphael Blot, who was looking for a high performance catamaran that made concessions on the luxury side in favour of speed and the ability to be sailed single-handedly. Ultimately turning to McConaghy's China for the build and Renaud Banuls for the naval architecture, Blot's creation is nearly ready, with hull number two due for launch in June. Hull number one will be doing sea trials in Hong Kong in May. The yacht comes in at nine tonnes displacement, which is substantially less than most other catamarans in its class. Priced at US$2.5 million, the yacht comes highly specced according to McConaghy's General Manager, Mark Evans. Banuls has also designed a 78 for those wanting a bit more on-board luxury and a 53, for those wanting a slightly more economical option. A full review will appear in the July-August issue of Asia-Pacific Boating. Both yachts will be cruising Southeast Asian waters after the summer, and one owner has expressed interest in competing in some of the regattas in the coming Asian Grand Prix 2013-2014 season.