Windy Boats has been making a name for itself among sportboat enthusiasts since the 1960s. Based in Sweden, it expanded into custom tenders in 2014, delivering several open- and limo-style projects. Now, the builder is reaching further into the megayacht market. In collaboration with Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, the Windy SLR 60 is a first-ever superyacht chase boat from the shipyard.
Technically, the boat is a dual-purpose craft. She not only can take a complement of guests on fun excursions, but also can serve as a dive boat or fishing platform. The large swim platform, for instance, will ease divers’ entry into and exit from the water. Of course, it also invites swimmers to jump into the water to the hearts’ content. As a chase boat, the Windy SLR 60 should suit shoreline sightseeing trips, with some swift speeds for good measure. In fact, Windy says the boat should see 850 nautical miles at 25 knots. Top speed: 44 knots. All guests need to do is settle into their seats and enjoy a drink from the bar area.
Already, the first Windy SLR 60 superyacht chase boat has a buyer. Details are scarce, but for now, we can share a few facts. For example, design details will mirror some of those aboard the owner’s primary yacht. This owner is quite experienced, too, and had a list of requirements for the 60-foot (18.3-meter) project. Finally, the owner is working with the Liaigre design studio for the interior.
This is the first boat between Windy and Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design. However, it’s not the first that McKeon himself has had a hand in developing with the yard. In 2010, Windy revealed the SR 52 Blackbird, a tender with design by Dubois Naval Architects. McKeon was a member of that team. Her sleek looks and 46-knot performance turned a lot of heads.
With the Windy SLR 60, the builder anticipates creating a series, once hull number one sees delivery. She’ll therefore become its flagship.
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