Project Description

Revolutionary MC50 luxury catamaran at Palma Superyacht Show

27 April 2018

Fresh from its World Premiere at last week’s International Multihull Boat Show at La Grande-Motte, the MC50 luxury catamaran designed by Ker Yacht Design will be available for viewing at the Palma Superyacht Show opening today. The first in a new range of ultra-modern, performance cruising catamarans for McConaghy Yachts, Jason Ker and his team have created a truly revolutionary yacht that marks a step-change in catamaran design.

“Our main concept for the design was an open deck and a saloon that could be effectively a single, social space, but also closed off from the elements” explains Jason Ker. “Free movement and easy interaction between interior and exterior was the goal.” The design was exactly what Mark Evans of McConaghy Boats and Ole John of McConaghy Catamarans Europe were seeking for their new range of luxury performance catamarans.

Two years and 10,000 design hours later and the results are exceptional. The exterior lines instantly stand out and the striking interior architecture by Ker Yacht Design provides the perfect backdrop for the clean, crisp interior design by Design Unlimited. Visitors to the Ancasta stand (SY52) at Palma will be able to experience this game-changing yacht for themselves and discuss the design with Jason Ker in person.

“We’ve applied a lot of sophisticated engineering to ensure that the yacht delivers on comfort and convenience without any loss of safety or strength,” says Jason. “One of the more unusual elements is the way in which the rig is mounted above the saloon on an inclined carbon fibre compression post, keeping the space clear of obstruction for the full length of the superstructure. Another is the pivoting centreboards system that we have designed and engineered where a ram floats on a track such that, in the event of a board hitting an obstruction, a pin shears and the board comes up into the boat in a safe and controlled manner.”

Other key features include the open flybridge that offers superb 360° views, delivering higher safety and improved manoeuvring as well as pleasure, and the huge folding aft doors that play such an important part in making the saloon and aft deck a single, seamless space.

Renowned high-tech composite builders McConaghy Boats, led by Australian Mark Evans, have applied their race-boat know-how to construct the largely carbon fibre structure and lightweight cored furniture to ensure the high performance despite the evident luxury.

“We have been delighted by the reception so far,” concludes Jason, “and we look forward to welcoming the press and potential customers on board over the next few days. With luxury cruising catamarans seeing rapid growth in demand we are already seeing interest in the MC50 from around the world.”

The MC50 will remain in Palma following the show for test sails.