McConaghy Boats to put 60ft trimaran into development

Australian firm McConaghy Boats has announced that the Tri60 design from BMT will be going into development

For the likes of Jaguar, Lagoon and Fountaine Pajot, powercats appear to be the way forward, with the extra hull of a motor catamaran offering more stability and efficiency than a monohull design.

But for Australian manufacturer McConaghy Boats it seems like a case of two hulls good, three hulls better.

The company has announced that it will be developing a 60ft trimaran, building on the design from BMT Asia Pacific (see above).

The Tri60, as it will be known, was short-listed for Best Yacht Concept up to 40m at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015, and now it is set to become more than just a drawing.

Aussie ambition

McConaghy Boats primarily builds sailing yachts and has facilities in both Australia and China.

The firm has explained that the Tri60 will be powered by twin 475hp engines, along with water jets to allow for easy close-quarters manoevring.

Combining this set-up with a triple-hulled design should mean a top speed in excess of 30 knots. What’s more, the Tri60 promises a 30% reduction in fuel consumption when compared to a monohull planing at 25 knots.

The pontoons will also offer extra storage space for extra items such as fenders, deck furniture and water toys.

Unique styling

The protruding wavepiercing bow gives the yacht a distinctly birdlike profile when viewed from above, setting the Tri60 apart from almost everything else on the market.

Designers BMT claim that the space on the beamy deck will be equivalent to that of a 90ft superyacht, with enough room left over in the garage to house a 10ft tender.

Two variants will be made available: the Tri60 Saloon, which comes with a full-beam cabin; and the Tri60 Cabriolet, which is the more open design.

Prices are yet to be announced, but with BMT specifying a lightweight carbon fibre roof, you’re unlikely to get much change from £1million.