Phantom International announces boat building partnership with McConaghy
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:04 PM
World renowned boat yard McConaghy will build the Phantom International range, including the new 18ft foiling catamaran Flying Phantom Essentiel, launched at Paris Boat Show in December last year.
« This partnership is a major milestone in Phantom International history. We are very proud to work with McConaghy. Very few boat builders met our extensive requirements in terms of technology, quality and delivery. Looking at the sales forecast we wanted to give ourselves the right production tool », declared Alex Udin, founder of Phantom International.
McConaghy have been building high performance yachts since 1967, from small 18 foot skiffs to America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race boats. They have decades of composite knowledge. More recently, they have built the AC45f world series foils, as well as the MACH2 foiling Moth.
Mark Evans, Managing Director of McConaghy said :
« We are very excited to form this parthership with Phantom International in building their high tech foiling multi hulls. We will bring to the partnership our 50 years of experience, along with the latest in production systems and equipment high tech building with equipment like Auto Claves, 6 & 7 axis robots & high quality tooling to produce the Phantom range of Multihulls. We believe our two companies, both with their solid backgrounds, make a strong team to push these high quality products into the market place. We will also be working with Phantom to develop new products ».
Both Flying Phantom Elite and the new Flying Phantom Essentiel will be manufactured at McConaghy’s high-tech factory just North of Hong-Kong in Zhuhai (China). This state-of-the-art facility is meeting our high-end specifications and quality control required by our One Design products. Production will start within the next few weeks in order to meet first deliveries in May.
We believe you can fly!
This announcement follows the launch of the new Flying Phantom Essentiel at the Paris Boat Show in December last year.
The Flying Phantom Essentiel is the foiling beach cat all speed lovers were waiting for : it’s fast, safe, easy-to-use, and it’s the first foiling catamaran you can properly beach with. It’s truly freeride oriented.
Strong from a six year expertise in developing foiling boats, Alex Udin is willing to offer the flying experience to a wider audience :
« Today no one can deny that foiling boats are the future of sailing, but until now it was only for a handful of professionnal and high performance sailors. What we want at Phantom International is to help making foiling accessible to all. That’s why we created the Flying Phantom Essentiel ! ».
Original 18ft high-tech Flying Phantom becomes Flying Phantom Elite
As Phantom International extends its range of foiling boats with the Flying Phantom Essentiel, original 18ft Flying Phantom needed a new name. It will now be called : Flying Phantom Elite !
Flying Phantom Elite is a unique one design racing boat using the finest technologies from the aeronautic industry. With carbon prepreg, Nomex honey comb sandwich, high modulus carbon foils cured in autoclave, it is designed and built for the most demanding sailors.