The pairing of a world renowned naval architect with a builder whose name is synonymous with some of the fastest and most illustrious racing yachts on the globe, is an exciting prospect.
The past year and a half has seen the team at Kit Carlier Design work from concept phase to installation on the interior fit out of an 18-metre carbon electric propulsion high performance cruiser, with the legendary German Frers and innovative McConaghy Boats, Australia.
The ultimate combination of experience, a need for speed and an eye for detail, meant the team were the ideal trio for the project, which was commissioned by a client who ‘knew his stuff’ and expected the best.
“The McConaghy/Frers 57′ performance cruiser was guided by the clients’ principle that a cruising yacht shouldn’t have to compromise on performance,” says Kit Carlier, from Kit Carlier Design.
“Every aspect of the interior design was carefully considered to ensure weight was kept to an absolute minimum. If we couldn’t find off-the-shelf solutions, we commissioned bespoke products to fit the brief.”
The goal was to allow the cruiser to perform at its best, while still retaining the comforts of a super yacht, but at a fraction of the size.
“Bringing together artful design innovation and practicality is our niche, and we made sure we understood exactly how the client would spend time on their yacht.
With an open-plan layout a sense of spaciousness was achieved. The open plan saloon can easily be converted into an additional cabin with an en-suite when guests are aboard. This flexibility enables the owners themselves to change the configuration of the interior as desired.
Minimising impact on the environment, this super-fast cruiser accommodates two electric sail-drives with hydro-regeneration capacity, solar panels on the coach roof, and a waste treatment system.
The expected launch is January 2018.