There’s no denying that multihulls are very much in vogue right now. Offering maximum space and stability, catamarans and trimarans were always a sensible choice, but now they’re getting sexy too.
Naval architecture and design consultancy BMT Asia Pacific and 1967-established yacht builder McConaghy Boats have teamed up to develop a trimaran that combines the thrill and speed of a powerboat with the comfort and practicalities of a day cruiser – the result is the Tri60.
Already shortlisted for the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015 in the Yacht Concept up to 40m category, the Tri60 comes in two guises – the open Tri60 Cabriolet for those who like a wind-in-hair experience and the more enclosed Tri60 Saloon which has a spacious cabin spanning the full width of the deck. Both share an optimised trimaran hull offering outstanding performance and the reassurance of almost 50 years of McConaghy build experience and quality.
Mark Evans, Joint Managing Director at McConaghy said, “In taking the Tri60 forward we are building on decades of high-performance composite and multi-hull experience in prototype and production boats that will deliver a unique yacht, providing clients space, style and speed in a manner that no other yacht of this size offers.”
Space is certainly not lacking for the Tri60. Designers claim that the trimaran configuration gives wide-beam deck space more often found on yachts of 90 feet plus, and huge windows, skylights and sliding glass doors allow for a seamless interaction between inside and out. The stern garage is plenty big enough for a ten-foot four-man tender while there are other storage spots for deck furniture and water toys.
Style-wise (we’re not sure we like it, sorry, just putting it out there, it looks a little clumsy and disproportionate to our (untrained) eye) the Tri60 has a long sweeping powerful hull with a lightweight carbon fibre roof that has a perfect view to the stars and sky. She looks fast, and she is pretty fast, reaching top speeds of 32 knots on the base twin 475hp engine option.
Comfort (of course, she is a trimaran) is at a premium, while the lightweight narrow hull ensures around 30% less power and fuel consumption than a comparable monohull.
Mark Evans finishes, “We are very excited to offer McConaghy’s advanced composite construction capabilities in partnership with BMT’s design initiative. The combined strength of our two organisations has created a light, efficient and durable yacht with eyecatching style. The Tri60 is truly a platform for owners to experience the water in ways that they could only once dream of.”