Splashing a week ahead of sea trials, Missy is the newest high-performance sailing superyacht from Vitters Shipyard. As much as many build and design teams make the most use of space for creature comforts, enhancing space was a significant directive for this sloop.
The first hint is the primarily glass canopy. This element, from Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, makes the saloon of the 108-footer (33-meter) look and feel airier. For comparison, most sailing yachts have solid superstructures overhead. It’s a nice complement to the light-grey stain on the oak paneling. (The owners hired Design Unlimited for the interior.)
Speaking of the saloon, the galley is open to it. The rooms are on split levels, too. This keeps the main deck from feeling compartmentalized. It’s also in keeping with how the owners wanted to live aboard. They wanted a friendly atmosphere for their family and crew alike. The four-person crew further benefit from two cabins each with en suite heads and a good-size mess. The owners plan worldwide cruising, and therefore kept their comfort in mind.
A number of practical features are aboard Missy, too. The above-mentioned glass canopy has heat-reflective material sandwiched between the layers. This will be especially helpful when Missy heads to the Caribbean for her first cruising season. Since she will undertake performance cruising, beam is a somewhat lean 24’6” (7.5 meters), and she’s aided by a lifting keel. Draft ranges from 12’3” to 16’7” (3.75 to 5.1 meters). In the guest accommodations, one of the three guest staterooms has a Pullman for an extra friend or family member. And, the cockpit aboard Missy lets guests relax in place even when the crew is handling sails and gear.
The owners plan to do a lot of relaxing aboard their new yacht. It’s worth noting that Missy is their first custom project, too. “I’ve been in the superyacht business for 30 years, producing designs across a broad expanse of style,” says Malcolm McKeon of Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, “but it’s been a particularly exciting experience to design this superyacht for a new client, helping him transition from his knowledge of production boats to a fully customized superyacht.”