MCP Yachts to build 24m sailing yacht on spec

2 May 2018By Holly Overton

Brazilian yard MCP Yachts has revealed plans to build a 24 metre performance sloop on speculation named Flying Ahead Time.

Naval architects Manoel Chaves and Alejandro Bottino set out to design a sailing yacht that was modern, comfortable and energy-efficient, without sacrificing speed and performance. MCP Yachts said: “Flying Ahead Time means a vessel beyond her time. A new age. Good speed, good stability, environment friendly, [and] good efficiency in all conditions”.

The design aims to balance comfort and performance

The yacht will feature the yard’s proprietary Sailing Booster system – two electronic hydrofoils which improve performance, as well as comfort and stability when cruising or at anchor. The system also allows for a reduction in keel weight and draft so sailors can venture into shallower waters.

Throughout the design process, it was important that interior life was not compromised by the exterior aesthetics of the yacht. The yard said: “The vessel must have an interior to prove that to go to the sea with comfort is possible in a sailboat”. This includes an open-plan saloon illuminated by a skylight, with a navigation area and galley.

Accommodation is for up to ten guests in one forward master suite, two bunk bed cabins and two aft twin cabins either side of the engine room.

A clean deck layout, self-tacking genoa and twin rudders make for easy handling, while a folding bimini and dodger protect the large cockpit from the elements. An aft lazarette can be used as a small tender garage.

Two electronic hydrofoils improve comfort and stability when cruising or at anchor

The yacht’s hull will be made from aluminium with a draft of 2.52 metres and a beam of 6.68 metres.

She will be powered by a single 1,015hp Caterpillar C18 diesel engine with Doen water jet propulsion to reduce drag whilst sailing. She has a maximum speed of 25 knots with a total sailplan of 219 metres squared.

Construction of the hull is due to start in August 2018 at MCP Yachts’ facility in São Paulo, Brazil.

The yard has recently revealed details of its forthcoming MCP 92.5 RPH yacht - a 27.74 metre in-house design built entirely from aluminium.

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