a mono-hull lashed to trees on a side bank of a continental river. In
a second moment imagine this same yacht sailing downstream, passing over
sandbanks without touching ground. In the next moment, she is beating
against head winds, getting the impacts of steep seas at the river's bar
without loosing speed. Do you believe this boat exists?
Yes! This is the Multichine 45 SK, a boat capable of crossing the strait
of Drake in comfort and safety and, on another occasion, to sail over
a coral reef unharmed.
The MC45 SK is a new version of the Multichine 45 fin-keeler. With only
some small changes, we designed this new yacht to be one of the most versatile
cruising sailboats of our line of stock plans.
Specified for steel or aluminium , for maximum strength, the MC 45 SK
has a keel case placed at the central area of the boat, splitting the
saloon in two halves. With 4.40 m maximum beam, it wasn't difficult to
install the social area of the saloon to one side and the galley counter
to the other. To port side is placed the L shaped dinette, and at the
other side there is a complete galley with icebox, freezer, four burners
stove with oven, and a large sink for maximum comfort. The access to the
fore compartments is given by a corridor that separates the galley counter
from the keel case. Next to the collision bulkhead that makes the aft
wall of the anchor rode locker is placed a private double berth cabin.
Abaft the cabin there is a single berth to starboard and an ample heads
at portside with a shower box large enough to become a sauna, if wished.
At the after quarter two cabins en suite with double berths complete the
accommodations. Three separate cabins with the same number of heads, plus
a bunk for a professional crew member, makes this yacht the best choice
for charter business, or for a prived usage with ample possibilities of
accommodating large crews with comfort and dignity.
We adopted for the MC45 SK the same principles we employed in others of
our swing-keel designs. We opted for a fixed rudder placed behind a skeg
with an aperture for the propeller. This skeg is slightly deeper than
the hull's maximum depth, which protects the propeller blades and reinforces
the rudder stock. The keel lifting system employs spectra ropes tensioned
by a hydraulic piston, so, in case of collision, the keel is free to lift,
not bringing any harm to the equipment. Above deck we kept the same design
as the MC45. In our opinion, such a stream-lined profile should be preserved,
and doesn't require any changes.