Published: Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Vitters Shipyard transported the 33m superyacht Missy from its facility at Harlingen, Holland in preparation for sea trial in the first week of August. 

Vitters Shipyard Launches 33m Superyacht Missy 1

(Photos: Vitters Shipyard - 33m Missy)

The high-performance, carbon-fibre, sloop-rigged superyacht took two years to built. It was designed by British company Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design and its hull was constructed by Green Marine, Vitters’ composite subsidiary in Southampton, UK.

Engineered by Pure Composite in New Zealand, and designed for a client with performance cruising in mind, the model has a slim 7.5m beam, a generous sail plan and a lifting keel.

Construction was with foam-cored pre-preg in a female mould.  The carbon-fibre laminate reduces her internal structure and increases her interior volume.  Above deck, the carbon-fibre mast is from Southern Spars, with ECsix carbon rigging. She carries a sail wardrobe from North Sails. Particular attention was paid to noise and vibration control. She possesses lightweight composite panels, with excellent soundproofing and thermal insulating properties, offering a harmonious combination of performance and comfort, as well as adhering to target weight goals.

“Missy has a spacious, comfortable interior in which a lot of attention was devoted to the efficient use of available space on board,” says Vitters Shipyard CEO Louis Hamming. “The compact engine room is fitted with a great amount of equipment and state-of-the-art technology, while no compromises were made on comfort or the use of advanced technologies.”

For design enthusiasts, the largely glass canopy provides an open and airy feel to the saloon and is a welcome departure from the typical superstructure/windscreen arrangement more often seen aboard sailing superyachts. The glass superstructure features heat-reflective interlayers, keeping the saloon cool in warmer climates.

The yacht also benefits from a fully automated bimini and dodger system that, when stowed, sits flush with the low profile superstructure.

“I’ve been in the superyacht business for 30 years, producing designs across a broad expanse of style, but it’s been a particularly exciting experience to design this superyacht for a new client, helping him transit from his knowledge of production boats to a fully-customised superyacht,” says designer Malcolm McKeon.

Vitters Shipyard Launches 33m Superyacht Missy

Although not the first design to be built by Vitters Shipyard that Malcolm McKeon has been involved with, it is the first from the drawing boards of his own design studio, and offered an exciting opportunity for Vitters to extend its work in high-performance, lightweight construction.  The project was managed by Klaus Allebrodt of A2B Consulting. 

A 4.1m tender, sailing dinghy and other water sports equipment are housed in the lazarette. The interior layout is designed to cater for a family, with a light saloon, cosy TV snug and, unusually, the galley is open-plan to the main saloon.  Across split-levels, the space encourages familial interaction more akin to apartment living than a sailing yacht. The interior styling, by Design Unlimited, is contemporary with the oak joinery finished in light grey, complimented by textured accents that add warmth.

The Owner’s suite is forward, with three guest cabins, two forward and one aft – accommodating eight in total, plus a Pullman berth. The yacht has accommodation for four crew in two twin cabins, both en-suite with separate stall showers. The crew mess is generously sized, and the space has an emphasis on crew comfort for extended periods at sea.

Missy’s initial programme is to explore the Caribbean before embarking on a worldwide cruise.

Technical specifications:

LOA: 30m
Draft (min/max): 3.75m to 5.1m
Mast air draft: 45.5m
Designer: Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design
Project Manager: A2B Consulting
Length Waterline: 33m
Beam: 7.5m
Construction: Carbon fibre composite
Interior Designer: Design Unlimited
Builder: Vitters Shipyard