McConaghy Boats is responsible for building winning raceboats, striking multihulls, and more. Custom solutions are a specialty, but since there’s an appetite for semi-custom craft, the Australian shipyard is introducing a new series. The Makara, featuring the Makara 85, 105, and 120, features carbon composite monohulls for families to enjoy cruising or racing with small crews.
Pictured is the Makara 85, at 85 feet (25.9 meters) LOA and with a beam of 21 feet (6.35 meters). Created with Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, she’s already engineered and ready for contract. That said, customer choices like a bowsprit and a lifting keel let you customize her for pleasure or racing. (Draft is 14’8”, or 4.5 meters.) McConaghy Boats itself is designing the deck hardware, while Southern Spars is behind the rig package. Naturally, you’ll benefit from push-button functions for sail handling, for short- or single-handed operations. The sail plan includes a 2,034-square-foot (189-square-meter) mainsail and a 1,604-square-foot (149-square-meter) blade.
More choices are inside the Makara 85. For instance, you can have three or four staterooms. In the four-stateroom layout, Very Important People can have their stateroom forward of the saloon, while the rest remain aft. Furthermore, you can have your stateroom either aft or forward regardless of the total number of staterooms. Even crew accommodations are flexible aboard the Makara 85, with either single cabins or a captain’s double with a bunk cabin. Regardless, the options take into account not only private travel, but also charter usage.
Additionally, the interior options include woods like oak or walnut, as well as the currently popular grey finishes for walls and furnishings. Skylights, along with ports stacked to let you enjoy the views whether seated or standing, bring in plentiful natural light, too.
Of course, the most natural light and arguably best experience is out on deck. The Makara 85 guest cockpit keeps you and your family in on the sailing action. When at anchor, stretch out on the sunbeds to relax even more. Cap off your day with a refreshing swim off the fold-down transom door.
As mentioned above, the yacht is already engineered and ready for contract. Base price is $6.75 million.
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