Tri60 trimaran day boat concept from BMT and McConaghy

6 February 2015

BMT Asia Pacific and McConaghy Boats have collaborated on a bold new day boat trimaran concept, the 18.3 metre Tri60 – an ideal complement to a mothership superyacht.

The designers sought to balance the often competing needs for space, style and speed in a large tender concept that took its lead from one of 2012’s biggest launches built by McConaghy Boats, 42.5 metre Adastra, at the time heralded as “the future of superyachts”.

Richard Colwill, managing director at BMT Asia Pacific comments: “BMT worked with McConaghy two years ago on a unique composite project at the same time that the much-celebrated *Adastra *trimaran was being completed. We asked, ‘How can we capture the spirit of this compelling work? How do we create something that is as innovative and exciting, whilst also being accessible to a wider dayboat or weekender market?’”

The Tri60 is available in two guises: the open Tri60 Cabriolet, ideal for those focussed on being outdoors, and the more enclosed Tri60 Saloon, which boasts a spacious full-beam cabin. Both variations are built off an optimised trimaran hull form that should provide sparkling performance.

Mark Evans, Joint Managing Director at McConaghy in New Zealand, says, “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.”

The Tri60 boasts a wide beam more commonly found in yachts of 27 metres and the massive windows, skylights and sliding glass doors mean natural light is a big part of the on board experience. There is a stern garage fitting a three metre four-person tender. The pontoons handily stow additional deck furniture, fenders and water toys.

The Tri60 should be good for 32 knots on its base engine option of twin 475hp engines. Perhaps more importantly, the narrow hull will give a comfortable passage in head seas and with huge fuel efficiency compared to a monohull of the same length – an estimated 30 per cent less power will be needed. At low speeds, the twin water jets will give fingertip control for manoeuvring in marinas.

Evans adds, “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 eye-catching style.”