After two years under construction, the 33m performance sloop S/Y Missy has fulfilled her contract and been delivered from the Vitters facility in Zwartsluis, The Netherlands. Designed for a client with performance in mind, the highly anticipated carbon fibre global cruiser is a collaborative project by some of the biggest names in the sailing yacht market and, after the reveal of her contemporary profile, she certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Constructed with foam cored pre-preg in a female mould, the 33m sloop has benefitted from an enlarged interior volume due to the carbon fibre laminate, which reduces the internal stricture of the vessel. On deck, the sailing yacht has a carbon fibre mast, supplied by Southern Spars, complete with ECsix carbon rigging. Missy also carries a sail wardrobe from North Sails.
During the build, special attention was paid to the noise and vibration control, thus lightweight panels with excellent soundproofing and thermal insulating properties were installed. These offer a harmonious combination of performance and comfort, while adhering to weight goals.
“Missy has a spacious, comfortable interior in which a lot of attention was devoted to the efficient use of available space on board,” says Louis Hamming, CEO of Vitters shipyard. “The compact engine room is fitted with a great amount of equipment and state of the art technology, while no compromises have been made on comfort or the use of advanced technologies.”
Although it’s not the first Vitters yacht Malcom McKeon has been involved with, Missy is the first Vitters sailing yacht to come from the drawing boards of his own design studio, based in Lymington, UK. The project is certainly an exciting opportunity for the Dutch shipyard, allowing it to continue working in high performance, lightweight construction. The project was also managed by Klaus Allebrodt of A2B Consulting.
“I’ve been in the superyacht business for 30 years, producing designs across a broad expanse of style, but it’s been a particularly exciting experience to design this superyacht for a new client, helping him transition from his knowledge of production boats to a fully-customised superyacht,” says Malcolm McKeon of Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design.
Contemporary features such as the largely glass canopy have been developed for Missy, which help to provide an open and airy feel in the salon. This development also provides a welcome difference from the standard superstructure-windscreen arrangement we see so often. Furthermore, this glass superstructure also features heat reflective interlayers, which help to keep the salon cool when cruising in warmer climates.
Following her launch in July 2016, Missy has undergone an extensive period of interior outfitting, styled by Design Unlimited. Here the layout is specifically catered for a family, with a light salon and, unusually, the galley is open-plan with the main salon. The styling of the interior is particularly contemporary, complete with oak joinery finished in light grey, accompanied by textured accents that add warmth.
Having already commenced her maiden voyage to Palma, Missy’s initial programme includes an exploration of the Caribbean before embarking on a worldwide cruise.