A beautiful, strong and capable long-range cruiser
Currently the largest yacht in the McKinna fleet — though 112- and 125-foot tri-deck models are on the drawing board — the 94 Skylounge Motoryacht is a beautiful, strong and capable long-range cruiser. Proof of that comes not from a sea trial we conducted but rather from the fact the first 94 from McKinna, whose homeport is in Southern California, has already been to Alaska and is currently plying the waters of the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
What we can attest to is that the yacht’s owners are making their long-distance journeys in luxury and comfort.
While calling any part of the 94 its signature feature would be doing a disservice to the rest of the yacht, one has to start somewhere. And what better place than the feature the yacht is named for: the skylounge. Accessed via stairs from either the California deck or forward of the salon, the skylounge is fully enclosed, with glass all around, except in the aft starboard corner where the day head resides, which is accessed from the deck aft of the skylounge (where the tender and davit sit).
The captain won’t be alone when he’s at the helm — the only one on the yacht, which had triple Garmin multifunction displays and all the gauges, throttles, joysticks and engine displays a captain might need — as there is a second captain’s chair. Both chairs spin to face aft, where their occupants can join the passengers sitting on the U-shaped settee, which can hold six people easily. An L-shaped lounger starts to starboard of the helm and wraps behind it, creating a “captain’s quarters” good for a quick nap or sleeping close to the watch-stander.
A cabinet unit to starboard houses a high-low TV, a sink, a drawer-style refrigerator/freezer and some storage. A four-panel glass door opens wide to connect the skylounge and the upper aft deck.
The Social Salon
If you like to hang out with a group of friends or watch a game while on the water, the 94 Skylounge’s salon is going to be your friend. Eight people can sit in comfort on two armchairs, a loveseat and an L-shaped sofa. The arrangement creates a conversation “pit” but leaves a wide walkway forward to the galley. Windows all around allow in tons of natural light.
Light anigre wood with mahogany crotch accents creates a lighter ambiance than in the skylounge, where red ebony wood dominates. A built-in unit to starboard houses the flatscreen TV, which rises up at the push of a button. In fact, the salon and other parts of the boat can all be controlled by McKinna Control, a yacht-management system that allows owners to monitor yacht systems and create programs that set the tone. For example, when the Movie setting is activated, the blinds in the salon go down, the lights dim and the TV pops up.
The anigre wood continues to the forward half of the main deck, to where the galley and dining nook share space. A seven-foot-wide island features a dark stone countertop with a single sink basin and a couple of feet of workspace on each side. The backsplash is actually a second level that extends past the island’s base to create a bar, at which are two stools. An oven, stovetop and microwave are to port, along with another few feet of counter space and a second sink. A double-door refrigerator and a drawer-style freezer occupy the bulkhead between the galley and the salon, right beside another countertop, at least three feet, and cabinets above and below. A pantry is to port of the refrigerator, between it and the watertight door to the sidedeck. A cleverly built countertop unit to starboard houses a single-cup coffeemaker, a rack that holds more than 30 coffee pods, and shelves that hold a coffee pot and mugs.
A dining nook sits forward, under the backswept windshield, with room for six people to eat a meal or enjoy a cup of coffee while the miles pass under the hull. They can keep the cook company, too.
Stairs from the galley lead to the guest accommodations, three staterooms from about amidships forward, each with an en suite head. The forward stateroom has a king bed, as does the starboard space, giving the yacht three king berths. A guest room to port has twin bunks. All of the heads have a shower stall, stone countertops and storage.
Another set of stairs, this one leading down from the starboard side of the salon, leads to the isolated master stateroom. Situated amidships, the owner’s retreat spans the beam and is flooded with natural light thanks to five-and-a-half-foot hull windows on either side. The king bed and the mahogany ceiling detail above it dominate the space visually, but the surrounding features are no less worthy. At the foot of the bed, a 10-foot-wide bureau includes nine drawers. A 45-inch TV is above that, and to either side of the TV is a lighted cabinet unit with frosted-glass doors. To starboard is a bench seat and to port is a vanity unit.
Aft of the bed are two heads — each with a hammered metal sink, a toilet and heated floors — and a shared shower unit in the middle. A rain-shower head is above, and a handheld wand sits in a holder on the shower wall. The aft wall of the shower is a back-lit granite slab that matches the vanity tops in each head, tying the beam-spanning space together.
At around 300 square feet, the covered aft deck is a social habitat. An aft settee and three chairs around a table create space for seven people to gather, and with the sliding doors — bowed outward to create a rounded surface — to the salon open, the social space is doubled. A lighted liquor cabinet and a sink sit to port, while a day head is to starboard. A barbecue grill is in the aft starboard corner. Down four steps from the aft deck is a cockpit, with room for chaise lounges, beach chairs, a fighting chair or water toys. A watertight door provides access to the engine room and crew quarters. The owner of this 94 had two racks of rocket launchers installed, and they can hold 25 fishing poles.
The McKinna 94 Skylounge Motoryacht has many fantastic features that will make owners happy and passengers envious, too many to do justice in this space. I didn’t even mention the engine room, which is pretty cool in its own right — room for this six-foot, six-inch editor to stand up. As the owners of Sequoia are finding out, all the features of McKinna’s flagship add up to create a cruising platform that can wander from the glaciers of the Great White North to the azul waters south of the border.