McConaghy History

50 years of building boats for some of the toughest conditions and customers

Perfecting their craft

Founded by John McConaghy in 1967, McConaghy boats started out building 12, 16 and 18-foot skiffs, Tornado and A-class catamarans, moths and other high-performance dinghies. Early boats were built of plywood, quickly after McConaghy began engineering and perfecting the vacuum formed foam sandwich, fibreglass / Kevlar construction method, which proved an immediate success.

Careful Thinking

As the company’s reputation grew, so did McConaghy’s research and development into prepreg composite techniques, earning them a reputation as the best in the business and making the McConaghy name synonymous with light, strong and stiff laminated structures.

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Cutting Edge in Composites!

Consistently at the forefront of composite technology! McConaghy were one of the first builders in the world to apply prepreg carbon to sailing boat construction in the mid 1970s.

Built from materials previously only used in aerospace applications, the first prepreg carbon 18ft skiff, built by McConaghy, was a revelation and would set a performance benchmark for years to come. Customers and designers were soon demanding this performance in bigger and bigger yachts.

A time for growth

In the year 2000, long-term McConaghy employees, Jono Morris and Mark Evans, embraced the opportunity to take over the company from founder John McConaghy and long-time business partner Steve Moxham.

Since that time, the company has continued to pursue a very conservative financial strategy while also diversifying to extend its revenue base, a strategy that has seen it triple in size in the past decade.