Copyright Design Unlimited 2018


Launched early in 2010, Singularity is a lightweight canting keel sailboat built at McConaghy Yachts in Sydney to a design by Adrian Konynendyk of Lutra Yacht Design.

Design Unlimited initially received a very open brief from the owner, who was looking for a modern lightweight boat that would be both competitive on the racecourse and also a comfortable cruiser when required.

The critical element was to get the correct balance between the uses of the boat for racing whilst having sufficient home amenities to be able to cruise in some comfort. That meant that Singularity’s interiors had to both look good and provide all the facilities needed for cruising, but at the same time adhere to strict weight limitations to keep the boat competitive.

In order to keep the overall displacement down there had to be some compromise with the luxury of the interior. Some of this we achieved by minimizing certain elements, or doing without them altogether. For example, the corian tops were reduced in thickness to 6mm instead of the usual 12mm and it was agreed that no sound insulation be fitted. To conform to the owner’s requirements the weight of every part of the boat had to be carefully monitored throughout the build. Yet despite the need to find weight savings wherever possible the finished boat still reached the level of comfort required by the owner.

The overall style of Singularity is deliberately clean, airy and timeless, and includes some unusual details such as the use of carbon detailing throughout to tie in with the carbon toilets, shower trays and hand basins.