In Focus: McConaghy exclusive build partner for next-gen Infiniti 52

McConaghy has been appointed the exclusive build partner for the next generation of Infiniti 52 racing yachts.

The Infiniti 52 is built around a highly efficient transverse DSS foil, and, says McConaghy, provides proven performance without the risk and cost of more complex class-driven foil solutions.

“A collaboration with Infiniti Yachts is a no-brainer for McConaghy,” says Mark Evans, group director, McConaghy.

“The Infiniti range pushes the evolution of yacht racing performance by harnessing DSS foils in parallel with cutting-edge hull lines. The result is a super light and strong yacht that has distinct righting moment and power advantages. With McConaghy’s track record in high-performance yacht construction, the end product will turn heads in speed and performance.”

The 52ft yacht has performed successfully both inshore racing and offshore, regularly achieving 30-knot speeds. The DSS foil provides the Infiniti 52 significant righting moment allowing the yacht to be sailed with a smaller crew, sometimes half the number of a comparable yacht, increasing competitive efficiencies.

It’s also the first racing yacht to be designed, engineered and built to take full advantage of Doyle Sails’ cableless technology. It features an ergonomic deck, complete with Harken air winches and deck gear.

“No one has more experience in building racing yachts of this size and we have complete confidence that the next generation of Infiniti 52s will benefit from being built by McConaghy,” says Gordon Kay, founder of Infiniti Yachts.

“The collaboration will enable us to bring a Grand Prix offshore racing yacht to the market at a competitive price point. Equally, the partnership between the two companies is already reaping rewards as we review how to optimise structures and details in the build of the Infiniti 52.”

In late September 2022, McConaghy supplied the first AC40 off the production line (destined for the Women and Youth America’s Cups in 2024) for quality assurance tests at Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) base.

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