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Video: The innovation behind the 60m sloop Project MM597

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Elodie Behravan

Southern Spars has released the final episode of a four-part mini-series giving a behind-the-scenes look at the various development and design phases of the 59.7-metre Malcolm McKeon-designed project MM597 (ex: Project 404), which is currently in-build at Royal Huisman. In this episode, Southern Spars offers a glimpse into the challenges faced by designers and naval architects as work to fulfil the owner’s demands whilst pushing the boundaries of technological innovation.

With delivery scheduled for the spring of 2022, the 59.7-metre superyacht project with her alustar aluminium hull and carbon composite superstructure sports a sleek McKeon exterior design with interiors by the Parisian studio Liaigre. The MM597 will be Malcom McKeon’s largest sloop-rigged yacht to date and is set to redefine performance sailing and efficiency using the latest technological innovations by Southern Spars and Future Fibres. Royal Huisman 59m Project 404 profile renderingA Southern Spars high modulus carbon mast and boom with captive winches and AEROsix hybrid carbon rigging system by Future Fibres will provide project MM597 with the highest performance and optimal rig control when under sail. Together with the latest furling boom design with a new reefing car system, a double deflector rig and a square top mainsail, project MM597 will give her guests an unprecedented performance experience. Southern Spars company marketingOver the last decade, many high-level racing and superyacht programs have already benefited from an integrated package from Southern Sails, Future Fibres and North Sails, including the latest Americas Cup teams Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team and the INEOS Team UK.Gregory MonksAbove: Owner's Representative, Gregory Monks
Below: Southern Spars' Head of Superyacht Sales, Paul MacDonaldSouthern Spars' Head of Superyacht Sales, Paul MacDonaldSouthern Spars is the world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance carbon fibre spars. To find out more about their products and projects, subscribe to the Southern Spars YouTube Channel or contact the company directly via the information found below.Future Fibres company marketing

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