On the Water and On The Drawing Board
Jason Ker-designed Forty(1)Design is headed for the UK
Joining the Class40 fleet from McConaghy Boats is the new Jason Ker-designed Forty(1)Design. Due to arrive in Southampton, England, this month, the Forty(1)Design includes extra features like an articulating bowsprit, as well as custom kick-up rudders and steering system. Once the yacht reaches its destination, it will be outfitted with mast and sails before launching for sea trials. Both the project manager and skipper Ned Collier Wakefield, and Ker commented on the yard’s accomplishment in bringing the build in very close to her design weight, which will prove a bonus to the owner and skipper’s racing plans—they intend to enter the yacht in November’s Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race. After the design and testing of the Forty(1)Design, McConaghy is making the design available as part of their production line.
Meet Migaloo, a submersible yacht
Austrian design studio Motion Code: Blue has released renders of a six-deck, 377-foot (115-meter) design that would actually be one of a kind if ever built: a fully submersible yacht. The project, called Migaloo, expands on the tested shape and style of traditional submarines and gives it the state-of-the-art feel of a luxury home. In fact, the design may offer an owner looking for privacy the best of both worlds—unparalleled views and the ability to travel the world undetected. When floating on the water, Migaloo includes a spacious aft deck with lounge areas, sun beds, a bar, a large pool and a helipad. Also, wide side hatches can be opened to give guests access to the water. On or below the waves, the foredeck features a dual-level, full-beam master suite with private lounge and bar. Eight additional VIP-suites are situated on sub-decks two and three. According to the firm, Migaloo gets its name from the world’s only known albino humpback whale who swims near the east coast of Australia. Locals named him “migaloo,” a term that means “white fella.” The submersible concept is the work of a team lead by managing directors Christopher Gloning and Christian Gumpold and the design firm has several production and custom yachts currently under construction at yards in Asia, Europe and the U.S.