It’s been a great few days for Windy Boats at 2020 Boot Duesseldorf. The company had the 37 Shamal, SR44 Blackhawk, 32 Grand Zonda RS, 29 Coho GT and 27 Solano RS available for viewing on its stand, and also announced the Windy SLR 60 – a new 60-foot chaseboat designed by Malcolm McKeon Yacht
The Windy SLR 60 is a powerful 60ft chaseboat with a strong personality and clear dual purpose. It is the first boat to bring together Norwegian powerboat builder Windy with Malcolm Mckeon Yacht Design.
Malcolm McKeon Yacht design creates exceptional yachts for visionary people, taking yacht design to a new level of styling, performance and comfort. Malcolm McKeon has been a leading designer in the superyacht industry for over 30 years. His portfolio includes more than 200 sailing and motor yachts, 50 of them in excess of 30m in length.
With a range of 850 nautical miles at 25 knots, the Windy SLR 60 has been designed to be the ultimate superyacht chaseboat for long-distance excursions. However, it will also serve as a very nimble sports boat for diving and fishing, as well as support shoreside exploration. This contemporary and elegant design is fitted with a large swim platform aft of the luxurious guest area and bar, making it a very attractive vessel for socialising and enjoying relaxing times on the water.
The first vessel has been commissioned by an experienced superyacht owner and has been designed to meet their stringent requirements. The SLR 60 features detailed design accents that mirror those of her superyacht mothership which includes a beautiful interior by the renowned interior designer Studio Liaigre.
Following delivery of this first SLR 60, Windy Scandinavia AB is looking forward to the design going into production at the Windy yard in Sweden, making it the largest Windy available and establishing the 60-footer as the company’s flagship.
“The commission of the Windy SR52 Blackbird in 2008 provided the first opportunity for Windy to partner with designers and naval architects external to the company. The SR52 Blackbird opened up a new world for Windy, introducing the brand to the superyacht sector as the builder of the world’s finest chaseboat, and Malcolm Mckeon was intrinsic to the design of that model. We are incredibly excited to be working with him again,” commented Knut Heiberg-Anderson, Windy’s Executive Chairman.
A rigorous testing procedure to assess the boat’s performance in varying sea states has been conducted. The sea trials confirmed that the SLR 60 is extremely capable in all conditions, with a generous flare to the bow and multiple chines on the hull keeping the boat as dry as possible.
As you would expect of a high-performance chaseboat from Windy, the SLR 60 will be able to traverse unprotected and open passages of water with ease. The full-height windscreen provides protection at high speed for those in the forward-facing seats and an increased fuel capacity equips this luxury tender with an exceptionally long range and a top speed of 44 knots. Exhilarating to drive, this incredibly responsive vessel offers impressive acceleration and handling at speed. There’s also a gyro-stabiliser to enhance comfort when at anchor.