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From the pen of Nigel Irens comes this stunning 63' motor yacht. Making use of the low displacement length ratio, she is highly efficient at a cruising speed of 14 knots. Propelled by a single cummins 300hp diesel engine, this stunning motor yacht is capable of doing some serious cruising.
Designed by Nigel Irens and Theo Rye for a discerning and experienced racing and cruising yachtsman’s entry into motor yachting, this uniquely stylish yacht is equally at home as a cruising weekender or as a proven, economic coastal and offshore passage maker. She offers excellent sea keeping together with comfortable and convivial accommodation for up to 6 people.
Having a maximum fully loaded speed of 16 knots via a single 300hp Cummins diesel, MOLLY BÁN’s easily-driven/low displacement/length ratio (LDL) hull offers comfortable cruising at 14 knots on 30 litres of fuel per hour. For really quiet long range cruising, throttle back to 10 knots and the fuel consumption falls to just 10 litres per hour – that’s 1 litre per nautical mile.
Nigel Irens designs efficient hulls, whatever the power source. He may be best known for his record-breaking sailing multihulls, but from early in his career he has been in the vanguard of efficiently driven power yachts.
In recent years Irens has concentrated on monohull motor yachts fitting the LDL concept – Low Displacement /Length Ratio. At its simplest: a long narrow, relatively lightweight hull will be easily driven through the water. There is nothing particularly new in that, but it seems to have become lost along the path of motor yacht design over the past 40 years. MOLLY BÁN’s lineage stems from the 38’ Rangeboat, a production yacht built in France; a 70 ft version of which has also been built in China.
16 tonnes displacement requires a comparatively modern foam-sandwich hull construction and relatively modest systems - as well as careful fit-out, to which the single engine installation and light New England style interior with “picture framing” in cherry wood both contribute.
The aim was a largely independent yacht, capable of cruising in some of the less populated areas of northern European waters, including inland, and not requiring regular visits to marina berths. She has also acted act as a “mother ship” to yachts at sailing regattas and as a committee vessel and “VIP” boat at major international regattas. Here her spacious aft cockpit and opening transom offers an efficient work place, and a dock for support RIBS. In cruising mode this space doubles as the tender’s “boathouse”, and, with the large table erected, it is also a very pleasant social space.
MOLLY BÁN was designed to be a comfortable seagoing mobile holiday home, and a mothership to my classic gaff cutter of 1894, PEGGY BAWN. Since she was launched in Denmark in June 2008, she has fulfilled these roles and has cruised thousands of miles, including Scotland, Ireland, the south coast of England, a return to Denmark and Sweden in 2010, and even the upriver Thames.
Representing a significant departure from conventional motor yacht design, her status as a modern classic was recognised by her invited participation, as the only modern craft, in the Historic Squadron of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thames Water Pageant.
As she glides by with her long unbroken sweeping sheerline, you may agree that:
MOLLY BÁN exudes a unique air of purposeful elegance.
Note: “Bán” is white, or blonde in Gaelic.
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All living spaces and cabins have a combination of LED downlights, halogen reading lamps and LED red courtesy lights. The forepeak is fitted with halogen ceiling lamps and reading lamps. The cockpit is fitted with two LED downlights and LED red courtesy lights fore and aft. All lighting by Cabin of Denmark.
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