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McConaghy introduces the Makara superyacht series

by McConaghy Boats 26 Sep 2020 22:30 PDT
Makara superyacht series © McConaghy Boats

With the Makara sailing superyacht series, McConaghy establishes its position in the semi-custom luxury yacht sector, introducing a highly advanced and complex design which, in its resulting simplicity of use, sets it apart.

The Makara sailing superyacht series features subtle intricacies and perfectly proportioned style. Designed to glide with the lightest of breeze, the Makara yachts deliver the highest levels of sailing performance with minimal effort and maximum comfort.

The Makara series, designed by Malcolm McKeon with composite engineering from Pure Design, comprises the Makara 85, Makara 105 and the Makara 120. In bringing this design to the market place, the team set out to devise a monohull that whilst able to comfortably accommodate a family, can be sailed and raced short-handed.

The exterior lines incorporate a defined hull chine and low profile superstructure, with dark glass giving a dynamic and striking contrast to the teak deck and paintwork.

Benefitting from the full scope of McConaghy's experience in the build of high-performance carbon fibre race boats, the Makara is a lightweight luxury yacht series, which brings the superyacht lifestyle to the racecourse in a way never seen before.

Constructed using prepreg carbon and structural foam cores, the 25.9m model has a lightship displacement of just 48 tonnes. The rig package for the Makara series has been specified by Southern Spars and a client can hone their racing and cruising preferences with the optional additions of a bowsprit and a lifting keel.

The sail plan for the Makara 85 features a 189sq.m mainsail and a 149sq.m blade. The mainsheet trim comes with push-button functionality, thanks to an in-boom hydraulic ram and a hydraulic press system serving the blade. This level of control offered to the helmsman brings single-handed sailing capability to the yachting mass-market place in an incredibly beautiful package.

Advanced systems and sail handling technology deliver push-button performance with effortless ease, and confident blue water cruising even for a solo sailor.

The semi-custom design is presented with four interior arrangements and an option of three of four cabins, with the master suite positioned fore or aft. With the master suite positioned forward, the layout allows for a three cabin arrangement with a snug saloon, or a four cabin setup. The interior layout provides for a full complement of crew, giving the design additional appeal and function as a charter yacht.

The arrangement of the cockpit, flanked by the ergonomic coaming, allows guests to sit on deck in safety even whilst the yacht is under way and manoeuvres are being undertaken by the crew. The cushioned sun beds, extending aft from the cockpit, are a desirable spot to relax when at anchor.

Other attributes of the Makara series include a number of McConaghy-designed carbon fibre deck items and hardware, including carbon helm wheels (on a chain sprocket and shaft system), and a stern lazarette with fold-down transom door that creates a spacious and stable swim platform.

An array of interior schematics have been developed for the Makara series, including oak or walnut veneers and a more minimalist smooth grey finish.

Glass has been positioned both at seated eye level and standing which, in partnership with glass panels in the cabin top, gives an incredible visual connection with the surroundings and the impression of still being on deck.

The Makara 85 is ready to commence production. Sail-away price from $6.75 million USD.

For further details on the Makara series, please contact

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