McConaghy MC63p: First look at Grant Dalton’s new foiling powercat

Multihull specialist McConaghy has started work on a stylish foiling 63ft powercat capable of 36 knots. The first MC63p is being built for America’s Cup legend Grand Dalton.The flybridge can be extended to create more spaceIts slender lightweight hulls, rakish looks and fixed foils are designed for fast, efficient cruising at 20 knots or more and give it a potential unrefuelled range of 1,500nm. The MC63p’s exterior design and naval architecture comes from seasoned British performance sailboat designer Jason Ker, who has developed a whole range of similarly styled power […] This article McConaghy MC63p: First look at Grant Dalton’s new foiling powercat appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

McConaghy MC63p: First look at Grant Dalton’s new foiling powercat

Multihull specialist McConaghy has started work on a stylish foiling 63ft powercat capable of 36 knots. The first MC63p is being built for America’s Cup legend Grand Dalton.

The flybridge can be extended to create more space

Its slender lightweight hulls, rakish looks and fixed foils are designed for fast, efficient cruising at 20 knots or more and give it a potential unrefuelled range of 1,500nm.

The MC63p’s exterior design and naval architecture comes from seasoned British performance sailboat designer Jason Ker, who has developed a whole range of similarly styled power and sail multihulls for McConaghy. The construction is mostly carbon fibre.

Two flybridge layouts are available, the aft flybridge option allows for a bank of seating behind the helm with a sunpad recessed into the coachroof, while the extended flybridge creates a larger space for relaxing or toy stowage aft with a helm atop the coachroof.

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The interior is the work of Kit Carlier, a New Zealand-based designer who has worked on everything from motor cruisers to sailing superyachts.

The standard layout sees the owner’s cabin occupying the entire starboard hull with an ensuite bathroom to one side and a children’s bunk cabin the other.

The two ensuite guest cabins are in the port hull. There is also the option of a four cabin layout which puts the master suite on the main deck. Both leave room for twin bunk crew cabins forward.

Retractable glass panels separate the open-plan saloon and galley with bi-fold glass doors connecting them to the aft cockpit. A spiral staircase leads up to the flybridge.

Prices for the MC63p begin at US$2.75m (approx £1.97m). The commissioning owner of the first hull is Kiwi yacht racing legend and CEO of America’s Cup defenders Emirates Team New Zealand, Grant Dalton OBE.

He plans to use his MC63p privately and, at least initially, she will remain in New Zealand waters.

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Choosing Life Jackets for Kids

Finding the proper life jacket for a child takes a little bit of extra work. Learn how to get the right sizing, fit and type.

Choosing Life Jackets for Kids

If kids think the jacket looks cool, they will want to wear it. (Courtesy Mustang Survival/)

By now, most boaters should be familiar with the statistics. Life jackets save lives, but only if you wear them. Fortunately, today’s offerings are more comfortable than ever. While most adults can easily find a life jacket that does the job, selecting a kid’s jacket requires a little more thought. Growing kids don’t always fit the size guidelines as clearly. Younger children especially need additional features to keep jackets secure. Here’s what to look for in life jackets for kids.

Type

Most kids in a ­supervised, recreational boating situation will be best served by a US Coast Guard-­approved Type III life jacket. Featuring the classic ski-vest design, Type III jackets are easy to put on, comfortable and, when properly sized, will keep a conscious child afloat with their head above the water until a parent or other rescuer can quickly swoop in. Inflatable jackets of any type are not approved for kids ­under the age of 16 and are not recommended for nonswimmers.

Size

Kids’ sizes are based on weight, with typical designations being infant (8 to 30 pounds), child (30 to 50 pounds) and youth (50 to 90 pounds). Avoid the temptation to give a child growing room by purchasing a jacket that is too large. A struggling child may sink out of it when in the water. Keep in mind that the Coast Guard does not recommend taking an infant out on a boat until they weigh at least 18 pounds (typically about seven months for boys and nine months for girls).

Features

Type III life jackets typically feature a nylon or neoprene exterior. Nylon is often cooler, but may not be as comfortable on a child’s skin. Neoprene can be hot in warm weather but is more form-fitting. Life jackets for children under 50 pounds have additional features, including a crotch strap to keep the jacket from riding up, head support, and a grab strap to hoist the child out of the water.

Fit

Fit should be snug but comfortable. Overlapping closures, drooping shoulders or loose armpits indicate a jacket is too large. Buckles or zippers that can’t close, straps extended full-length, or front torso panels that don’t come together show a jacket is too small. With closures secured, have the child raise their arms overhead while an adult grasps the vest at the shoulders and lifts upward. The vest should not rise over the child’s cheeks or slip off. Likewise, have the child float in shallow water, noting if their head dips below the surface (the vest is too small) or the vest slips overhead (it is too large).

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Style

Kids, especially young ones, often fuss when secured into a life jacket. Get them used to the jacket before you head out on the boat by having them swim or float while supervised at the beach, pool or dock. Also, involve kids in the purchase. Whether it’s choosing a favorite color, character or graphic, if kids think the jacket looks cool, they will want to wear it.

The Lil Legends Youth Vest is a comfortable life jacket for kids.
The Lil Legends Youth Vest is a comfortable life jacket for kids. (Courtesy Mustang Survival/)

Mustang Lil Legends Youth Vest

With kids, comfort is key. Mustang’s Lil Legends Youth Vest features an ultra-soft fabric against the skin, vented mesh back, and contoured foam to make the vest feel more comfortable and less bulky. The three-piece collar also better cradles the head and prevents the child from rolling. $59.99; mustangsurvival.com

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