At 256 feet (78 meters) LOA, this sailing superyacht has a lot of fine features. One thing she doesn’t have, though, may surprise you. The project MM78, from Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, lacks a flying bridge. On purpose. The owner of this “mega sloop,” as McKeon calls her, wanted all-around views while in the cockpit.
McKeon also calls the MM78 “a ground-breaking concept.” It took some time to finalize the flush-deck design, as is often the case. Given her particular design must-have, the yacht further went through several revisions to get to this point.
The inventive nature of the MM78 has the design studio eager to see construction begin. The studio does not name a shipyard, though. Regardless, Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design’s largest yacht to date has several additional features to make her worth watching. For instance, she’s purely a cruiser, not a racer, and has a lifting keel. She also has with a square-top mainsail. Crew can go about duties in the amidships lazarette, while the guests enjoy a forward cockpit. It provides 323 square feet (30 square meters) of sunken relaxation space. In fact, a few cockpit facts are further worth noting. On breezy days, glass panes rise for protection. When not in use, the cockpit remains covered by folding and raising sections.
For active guests, a 24’6”-long (7.5-meter-long) pool beckons just forward. Workout buffs might prefer the gym instead, inside. Also inside the MM78: a spa.
Of all the spaces onboard, however, the MM78’s master suite is perhaps most unusual. The term owner’s apartment often gets used to refer to large owner’s suites, but it’s fitting this time. About 1,615 square feet (150 square meters) encompasses the bedroom, a private saloon, and even a private dining area. Making the atmosphere light and bright, floor-to-ceiling windows sit to each side. So does a glass wall aft. Even better, as seen at top, the owner can walk straight outside to the significant swim platform. How significant? It occupies more than 1,076 square feet (100 square meters), when the sides are folded down.