Hang on sloopy

Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design set to design ground-breaking project.

25 September 2017


Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design has confirmed the contract for the design of a 78 metre ‘mega sloop’.

Project MM78, a 78 metre ‘mega sloop’, is the incredible result of many months’ research and development by the MMYD team. This exciting design commission is the studio’s largest, to date.

Impetus for the design came from a client’s wish to have clear 360-degree views from the cockpit without the need for a flybridge.

Designed for cruising with a lifting keel and a square top mainsail, the yacht will feature fully automated sailing systems which will avoid the need for any human contact with load bearing sheets.

This flush-decked superyacht also features an array of innovative lifestyle elements.  A five-stateroom layout, with crew accommodation for up to 14, includes an impressive 150 square metre owner’s apartment positioned aft, with its own saloon and dining area.


The apartment will also have direct access to the large, single level, aft swim platform, which with its folding bulwarks has a deck area of over 100 square metres.

“This is a ground-breaking concept and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop this design for the client” said leading designer, Malcolm McKeon.

“The design progressed through several evolutionary stages and now, with the final arrangement confirmed, we’re pleased to share news of this project.”


Floor-to-ceiling hull windows are a special feature of the full-beam main saloon and master suite. Along with the glass aft bulkhead they provide an impressive panoramic connection to the sea.

The lazarette is positioned amidships for improved crew access and yacht operations. The flush foredeck has opening sections that either fold away or lower to reveal a sunken and fully protected 30square metre cockpit, with glass screens that can be raised or retracted.

Other features include a 7.5 metre foredeck swimming pool, a gym and spa facilities.


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