To look at the sailing-superyacht market in recent years, you might believe that seemingly small projects are undesirable. Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, Baltic Yachts, and Ocean Independence are convinced otherwise. In fact, the sloop-rigged MM38 intends to prove their point, in a 125-foot (38-meter) length that does some things differently.
Specifically, a typical head count for her LOA is six guests. While the MM38 can welcome that many people comfortably, she makes it possible for two further friends or family to stay aboard. What’s more, she does it by giving them their own stateroom, not Pullman berths in the other cabins. Malcolm McKeon of the eponymous design studio reimagined the traditional general arrangement to make it possible.
There’s an extra benefit, too. “Ocean Independence have identified a clear gap in the market for a vessel of this kind, particularly with regard to charter,” he explains.
Regardless of whether buyers intend on strictly private cruising or charter income, the MM38 employs an evolution of a proven hull form. In fact, it’s the same hull the studio developed for projects like Ribelle, delivered by Vitters in 2017, and Liara, delivered by Baltic last year. Therefore, expect a telescoping keel making draft vary from 13 to nearly 20 feet (4 to 6 meters). Additionally, expect the sail plan to adapt equally to both light air and strong breezes. Overall, the yacht should cruise at 12½ knots.
For fresh breezes on deck, the sides of the MM38’s fixed bimini lower, opening up the guest cockpit’s seating/dining area. If everyone prefers dining in a more private setting, the tender well on the foredeck can do the trick. It converts to a sunken cockpit nearly 20 feet (6 meters) long, further with an optional shade overhead.
Besides retiring to their staterooms, guests can enjoy a cozy TV lounge inside, forward of the saloon. And, when they wish to board tenders to head ashore, the six-person crew can press either the retractable side-boarding ladder or the side hull platform into service.
Available for contract, the MM38 can start construction for delivery in 2022.
Baltic Yachts balticyachts.fi
Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design malcolmmckeonyachtdesign.com
Ocean Independence oceanindependence.com