|MC260 Boat Review|
Catamarans have never been cooler, reports KEVIN GREEN, as we can see from the busy international scene, where the Extreme 40s, AC 45s and D35s are taking centre stage amid the backdrop of the upcoming America's Cup cat-fest.
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These fast boats are inspiring performance cruising catamarans such as McConaghy's MC260. The Sydney boat builder is forging ahead in its new foray into catamaran building with the announcement of a second MC260 sold off the plans to an Australian owner. While up in their offshoot yard in China the first boat is underway for a launch in September 2012.
Despite being inspired by racing multihulls the MC260 is not an extreme design says Project Manager Raphael Blot, as it has enough stability to ensure safety margins adequate for a fast cruising catamaran. However speed was the key component, with the cat aimed to perform well in the light airs typical of SE Asian sailing. (McConaghy's is quoting a target boat speed greater than True Wind Speed when reaching in four knots plus).