Voyage of discovery

Michael Schmidt Yachtbau (MSY) in Germany has unveiled a new range of crossover sailing yachts that will enable people to discover their world in safety and comfort.

31 January 2018


MSY has unveiled the new Yx7 from the Explorer range. The Yx7 Explorer range makes the most of its wide beam to ensure maximum comfort on extended voyages, while retaining the ability for fast cruising that is the hallmark of MSY’s ‘Y’ series.

The yard’s Y7 and Y8 models have seen some success and now MSY is launching a new crossover model, the Yx7 Explorer range. This new breed of explorer yachts is aimed at adventurous couples or owners with a small crew who are looking to head anywhere from the Tropics to the Arctic while still being able to rely on a considerable degree of comfort, living space and safety.

MSY has achieved this while still retaining the speed and looks of the original Y series. The first version of the new range is the Yx7 Explorer 74, the result of collaboration with the same parties involved in MSY’s recent build of a 72-foot research vessel for the Werner Siemens Foundation and Max Plank Institute for chemistry. This clean vessel has been redesigned with Mark Tucker from Design Unlimited.


The hull of the Yx7 Explorer 74 will be built in strong and relatively lightweight epoxy while owners can choose the colour. The wide stern and square-topped mainsail arrangement further ensure speed.

In contrast to catamarans and powerboats, the majority of the deck is set aside as living space. The deck saloon has lots of seating and the option to open up the aft and side windows and roof to create the ultimate inside-out location. On the same level is an eight- seat cockpit with integrated bimini and a sliding side window option. The foredeck has ample amount of seating and sunbathing space.

More leisure options are available aft, where the key feature is the twin steering positions.

All lines are brought back to the helmsman to facilitate short-handed sailing. In a similar vein, the yacht’s displacement is relatively low so owners can enjoy easy sailing by themselves.

The interior style of the Yx7 Explorer 74 can be fully customised by the owners together with the experts from Design Unlimited, including a range of woods. Highlights include:

  • Large deck saloon with inside steering position, chart table with navigation seat, electronics and engine controls. Dining area can be created using lightweight table with folding leaves, served by the bar.
  • Full-beam owner’s suite aft with large bathroom, lots of locker space, vanity table and desk. Dedicated companionway from cabin to cockpit via bespoke hatch.
  • Wide range of layout options for guest accommodations. These include a cabin with a double bed and a cabin with bunks forward, adding a twin guest cabin further aft, using the forepeak for a VIP or dedicating this space to crew.
  • Dinette with six-seat table and dedicated TV space. Connection with deck saloon maintained by keeping area above table open to port.
  • Galley, large utility room for additional storage, freezers and sailing clothes.
  • Six large glass hull windows to port and starboard allow a considerable amount of natural light to flood the below deck spaces.


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