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Yacht Design Malcolm McKeon announces 72m MM725 sailing yacht concept


UK yacht design studio Malcolm McKeon has unveiled a brand new luxury sloop concept, sailing yacht MM725.


Exterior of the MM725 yacht concept Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design

The 72.5m/237.8ft length is impressive alone as a feat of engineering, added to which is her clever concealment of a flybridge deck within the sleek modern lines.
From briefing, one of the most important features was ensuring that the salon received plenty of natural light and the solution was to position the flybridge farther back and extending it over the cockpit for a curved piece of glass to achieve the desired result.

MM725 sailing yacht  Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design
Fold-down bulwarks to port and starboard on either side of the cockpit create desirable balconies for a more open and connected experience when at anchor.

 In a similar way, the swim platform bulwarks also fold down to increase the beach club area, which can be directly accessed via the Owner’s suite. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the hull also ensure that the Owner’s suite is connected with the natural environment, receiving panoramic views of cityscapes and verdant islands.

Above deck, the tender well on the foredeck converts into a large pool that has an integrated seating area as well as the option of a Bedouin canopy for shade.

Among her other unique innovations is her sail handling, which stores the downwind sails on a self-towing reel below deck, and a lifting keel and square top mainsail to maximise cruising performance.


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Biggest yacht transport is arriving in Düsseldorf


Ten masterpieces are travelling to boot togetherIt is another one of those opportunities that no fans are going to want to miss: the biggest and longest pontoon transport that has ever headed for boot is mooring at the ramp to the Rhine on the exhibition site in Düsseldorf. On board: ten extravagant luxury yachts, which will be finding their temporary home in the halls during boot from 19. to 27. January. The pontoon is 160 metres long and 15.50 metres wide and is being towed from Rotterdam to Düsseldorf by two tugboats. The journey even included the start of the new year, because the trip along the Rhine began in Europe’s largest port on New Year’s Eve. The yachts spent almost three days on the water. Numerous spectators gathered again on the banks of the Rhine to witness their arrival in Düsseldorf. “Plenty of fans are keen to watch the arrival and unloading of the pontoon in Düsseldorf. Some of them even see the pontoon leave the place they live and then come here to experience the exciting transport manoeuvre. And our trade fair team is always there to welcome the yachts”, explains boot Director Petros Michelidakis. The transport operation is organised by the Dutch companies Starclass Yachts and Hebo Maritime in liaison with the trade fair logistics company Kühne und Nagel from Düsseldorf, which moves the precious freight into the exhibition halls. The pontoon is carrying the finest of the fine from Italy as well as a proud representative of Britain. Nine stylish motor yachts from the traditional Italian shipbuilders Ferretti, Azimut, Monte Carlo, Riva and Pershing as well as one elegant sailing yacht from the Oyster boatyard with a total value of EUR 30 million are travelling to the trade fair together. On reaching the site, they are being lifted off the floating pontoon carefully on 3. and 4. January and are being driven to Hall 6 (luxury yachts) and Hall 16 (Oyster) on heavy good vehicles.


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