MCP Yachts, which claims to South America’s largest custom yacht builder, has concluded a three-year design development with Vripack, the Dutch design and naval architecture firm. The first yacht to be developed under this new deal is the 36.5m (120ft) Seaview project, which will be built for a South American owner.

Vripack creative director Bart Bouwhuis told IBI: “We have known MCP for six or seven years and they like the quality and diversity of the work we do, which has resulted in this new agreement. I would be disappointed if we did not work on at least six projects during the three-year period.”

As far as the Seaview project is concerned, he says: “We have completed the conceptual design and we are now working on the naval architecture which will be followed by the full design. MCP is looking to stay in the 25m-35m (99ft-115ft) range, although it did build a 140 a couple of years ago which is the largest it has constructed.”

Construction of the Seaview is anticipated to start in November. In a statement from both companies, they stated: “The South American owner expresses clearly what yachting for him and his family is all about, saying ‘We want to get maximum value out of our family real estate on board’.” Seaview will take about 18 months to construct and final delivery is set for the summer of 2019.

MCP president and CEO Manoel Chaves comments: “Vripack designed a new hull which allows for a very high level of comfort even in rougher weather while maintaining her semi-planing characteristics. This will give the family a long reach of sailing destination within a shorter time while they all enjoy wonderful valuable family moments on board.”

Seaview is described as a “balance between boldness and refined elegance, comfort and performance” as the parameters that define the yacht. “The extraordinary partnership between these renowned brands brings to this project a result that is simply exceptional.” Seaview will be a superyacht “perfect for any coastal or transoceanic route.”

The MCP120 Seaview features two Caterpillar C32 engines of 1,925 MHP each, which together with the specially designed hull, offer a maximum speed of 21kt and cruising range of 3,500Nm. Large open spaces are a trademark of the deck plans along with big internal and external glazed living areas.

The privacy on board was also an important achievement of the final lay-out. All environments are accessed and serviced by the crew via stairs and corridors independent of the guests. In regard to guest accommodation, there will be the owner’s stateroom forward and two guest suites on the main deck. A large forward observation lounge will be a key feature of the upper deck.