Mills Design and MAT are proud to announce their latest collaboration, the MAT1340. This 44’ IRC special is the result of an extensive R&D phase aimed at optimising under IRC both inshore and offshore. It has been increasingly clear that a new approach to IRC performance has become successful, especially offshore, and having devoted the R&D time to understand the features fully, we ended up with a solution significantly faster on corrected time than an aggressive ‘Mini-TP’ model. These features of medium/light displacement, fin keel, moderate sail area, and the option of twin rudders enable reduced crew numbers especially offshore.
This is our fourth project with MAT Yachts over 14 very productive years working together. Since we began working together MAT have become successful worldwide with their focus on high performance, cost-effective boat building, ensuring this new design has the best opportunity to succeed both inshore and offshore. Given the demand for both inshore and offshore racing, lengthy consideration has been given to both disciplines and the extensive options list allows an owner to spec the boat to their exact demands, whilst knowing this is a multi-discipline design.
An interesting development resulting from the R&D phase was the ability to use the CFD generated displaced sea state model in the rendering, matching an accurate wave pattern to the hull shape for some lovely images by Paul Fuchs. Now being sold by Ancasta in the UK and Jamie McPhail in Australia, www.mat.com.tr.