MCC designed this 46-meter (151-footer) for long-range cruising with either a single engine or traditional twin diesels. If a single engine seems unusual, recall that Marco Polo is powered by a single Caterpillar diesel, for fuel efficiency, with a stalwart Schottel Pump-Jet thruster powered by another Caterpillar engine in the bow for get-home power. For this project, the single configuration similarly has a Schottel thruster coupled to a Cat engine, with a 1,911-hp Caterpillar 3512B diesel occupying the engine room. The twin configuration employs 1,600-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERTs.
With either engine setup, the megayacht should see a 16-knot top end and 14-knot best cruise. Since the yacht is intended for long-range travel, range is quite good: 5,600 nautical miles at 10 knots, more than many yachts in this size range.
MCC and its in-house naval architect, Kasia Milewska, call the design a 46-meter Long Range Motor Yacht, but also the first of a new series: the Neo Classic Series. As such, she blends time-tested elements with modern looks. Good examples: the plumb bow and the curved hardtop, respectively, and even the curved radar arch.
There’s a blend of traditional and modern inside, too. The transom tender garage and main-deck master are among the former, as are the three lower-deck guest staterooms. But instead of the VIP being below decks as well, it’s on the main deck, adjoining the master forward. The saloon serves both relaxing and dining functions, with furnishings able to be set up in multiple arrangements as the need or mood strikes. More relaxing takes place on the sundeck, complete with hot tub and sunpads, and in the skylounge. When the transom tender is offloaded, the door to the garage serves as the swim platform. Yet another tender is stowed in the foredeck, launched via a side hatch.
Like Marco Polo and Mazu, the 46-meter Neo Classic Series will be built at Cheoy Lee.