New Boat Models

New Windy SLR 60: Euro-Style Day Yacht

Windy SLR 60, Windy Boats, Windy Sweden

The SLR 60 measures 59’8” (18.18 m) long with a 18’2” (5.54) m beam and she draws 4’1” (1.25 m).

Windy Yachts has a new 59’8” (18.18 m) day boat, the SLR 60. The company says she was designed to be “the ultimate superyacht chaseboat for long-distance excursions.” The first one was designed and built to the specifications of the owner of a 196’10” (60 m) sailing yacht and the SLR 60 will be a chase boat.

After the completion of the first model, the Swedish company is looking forward to going into production on the SLR 60. “When I saw the boat finished, I realized that we now have reached a level of quality that I have never seen before,” said Knut Heiberg-Andersen, co-chairman of Windy Boats, at an event to introduce the new model.

A New Approach

Following the precedent that was set with the SR52 Blackbird in 2008, when Windy first decided to work with Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, the company decided to collaborate with him again on the SLR 60. She is now the company’s flagship.

Windy 60 SLR, Windy chaseboat

The first SLR 60 is going to the owner of a superyacht. She makes quite a statement as a tender.

Initially, the boat started out as 55’9” (17 meters) but quickly grew to 59’8” (18.18 m) based on Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis comparing the characteristics of the SR52 Blackbird with the new model. Increasing the range was another goal of the new design.

The design was rigorously tested by Cape Horn Engineering in Portsmouth, U.K., to ensure that the SLR 60 can operate in rough seas. CFD was conducted to determine the best way to minimize spray and keep it from blowing back into the boat. The combination of freeboard and generous bow flare and multiple chines and spray rails addressed the concerns. The SLR 60 has a 1,220-gallon (4,618.2 L) fuel capacity and the design team estimates her range at 850 nautical miles while running at 25 knots. Top speed is estimated at more than 40 knots. A gyrostabilizer helps keep things stable when the waves pick up.

Cape Horn Engineering, CFD analysis, Windy SLR 60

Cape Horn Engineering conducted extensive CFD analysis on the SLR 60’s bottom.

The Interior

The helm is centrally positioned with a full windscreen that links to the hardtop. There are six seats at the helm and aft are an al fresco bar and at the stern, there’s a large sunlounge. The swim platform spans the boat’s beam and is quite spacious as well. Throughout the boat, McKeon was tasked with giving the SLR 60 enough storage space for long trips.

Windy SLR 60 helm, Volvo Penta Glass Dash, Volvo Penta joystick

Course and systems information is displayed on three screens at the helm and notice the positioning of the joystick and thruster toggles in line with each other.

Windy 60 SLR bow, foredeck, teak decking

There’s a lounge on the front of the console and notice the generous bow flare.

Windy 60 SLR cockpit, second row of seats

The cockpit has a second row of forward-facing seats with a rear-facing bench on the back side.

Windy SLR 60 sunlounge, aft sunpad

Windy SLR 60 cockpit table, dining table

The forward- and aft-facing lounges surround a table that can be lowered.

Windy SLR 60 overhead, teak decking

This overhead shot shows the padded bulwarks and the unobstructed passage to the bow on the side decks.

For the SLR 60’s interior, Windy turned to Studio Liaigre in Paris, where Guillaume Rolland, the head of the yachting division also worked on the host sailing yacht. It was his first time designing a boat of the SLR 60’s size. Inside and out, the boat is designed for flexible use and utility. Belowdecks, the salon in the bow has a dinette that converts into twin berths. The large galley is near the salon entrance and just across is head with a shower. The aft cabin is beneath the cockpit and has a double berth.

Windy 60 SLR dinette, V-berth, cabin

Belowdecks, there’s a dinette that converts to a berth in the bow.

Windy 60 SLR galley, belowdecks, galley down

The galley has a modern look and feel thanks to the dark colors and stainless-steel accents.

Windy 60 SLR cabin, mid cabin, berth

The mid-cabin looks to have adequate seated headroom and should be comfortable for an overnight or weekend stay.