Anthem is one of the fastest boats on the West Coast. In a recent Newport to Ensenada race (the 120 mile, 420 boat race from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico), it was the first split rig to finish, beating many of the very best west coast racing machines, including Merlin, Ragtime and Santa Cruz 70s. Anthem was first to finish in the 125 mile Marina Del Rey to San Diego race.
Unlike the big racing boats and custom speedsters, Anthem has a full, plush interior, a very comfortable cockpit, and can be sailed single handed. She was the second MacGregor 70 to be built. It will go 12 mph under power. The interior is similar to the MacGregor 65 (100 were built). These were the best selling large cruising and racing sailboats in the history of sailing. A lot of speed has been added by using the ketch rig and a longer waterline. Anthem is similar in construction and concept to the MacGregor 65, but it is a lot faster and more dramatic.
Anthem is designed for worldwide cruising and chartering, and is the best selling large yacht in the history of sailing. It is one of the few production yachts built the American built to the Bureau of Shipping's +A1 standards and for Coast Guard certification. It is also the fastest production sailing yacht, under sail or power.
The mainmast is by Sparcraft, and is 70' from the cabin top to the deck. It is black anodized for corrosion resistance for easy maintenance
The mizzen mast (50') is by Forespar. Standing rigging is stainless Nitronic by Navtec
The main and mizzen booms are unique and attractive. These are called "basket booms". When the main or mizzen sails are dropped, they disappear completely into the boom. A small dacron cover is permanently attached to a boltrope extrusion on the starboard top of the boom. The covers stretch across the lowered sail and completely protects the sail from weather. To hoist the sail, 4 snaps on the port side of the boom are released, exposing the sail. The sail is then hoisted. When the sail is completely up, or reefed, the cover, still attached to the starboard side of the boom, is pushed down into the boom, where it stays while sailing.
When lowering the sail, it is dropped into the boom, guided by lazy jacks. The small cover is pulled across the sail and snapped in place. This is the best looking and easiest to use of any sail handling system we have ever seen. It also works well to control the sail when partially reefed.
The fiberglass boom is lighter than a standard aluminum boom, and is finished with high gloss Imron polyurethane paint to match the color of the mast.
This is the self tending system for the jib. The jib is sheeted to a self-tacking roller bearing car on a curved track just ahead of the mast. When the boat is tacked, the sail moves automatically to the opposite side of the boat without releasing and re-tightening the jib sheet. This minimizes the noisy flapping of the jib as the boat is tacked and saves an enormous amount of work. The skipper simply turns the wheel. Anyone who has ever tacked a large boat up a narrow channel, or in close quarters racing, knows that the effort to bring a large jib from one side to the other with each tack can be a killer for the crew. The self tacking system, in our opinion, is indispensable for comfortable sailing.
Mainsail: 10 oz per sq ft dacron fabric, by Doyle. Full battens with roller bearing Harken cars that slide up and down a track on the aft side of the mast. 3 reef points.
Mizzen: 8 oz dacron, by Doyle. This sail is also fully battened with cars that slide up and down on the mast. 2 reef points
Working, self tending jib. 8 oz dacron by Doyle. Mounted on a heavy duty Harken roller furling system with an anodized aluminum 2 track luff extrusion.
130% genoa, laminated mylar and spectra by Ullman. Very light and very strong. Perfect for going upwind in light air
Asymmetrical spinnaker, nylon, by Ullman, mounted on a 12' removable bowsprit. This sail is used more than the conventional spinnaker. With this rig, the boat generates a lot of apparent wind, like a fast catamaran, and the boat is rarely sailing directly downwind.
Conventional symmetrical spinnaker, nylon, by Ullman. This sail is used when running dead downwind.
There are dedicated Harken 2 speed winches for all sheets, guys and halyards. All sheets can be lead to a powerful electric Harken winch on the cockpit coaming near the skipper. This is a nice feature that takes all of the hard work out of trimming and hoisting sails.
Hydraulic Navtec boom vangs are used for both main and mizzen booms.
Hydraulic Navtec cylinders are also used for tensioning the backstays.
The interior decor of the yacht is striking with her modern interior that reflects the modern interiors of the best custom jetliners and exotic European power boats. Luxurious carpeting is used throughout the boat, and high quality fabrics are used on walls, bulkheads and ceilings to quiet the boat and soften the decor.
MAIN SALON: This is a large, comfortable area for dining and entertaining. It also serves as a sleeping compartment for 2. There are a pair of hanging lockers and flat screen TV. Opening side windows and a deck hatch provide this area with a lot of light and ventilation.
INSIDE STEERING STATION: An unusual feature of the interior is an inside navigation and steering station. It has excellent visibility, a chart table with storage, and a comfortable, forward facing sofa type helmsman's seat for three. All electronics, including a full Brookes and Gatehouse navigation and autopilot system, Furuno radar and chart plotter, and a second set of autopilot helm controls are be mounted within easy reach. The autopilot then serves as a backup steering system. Another major advantage of this navigation-steering station is that the navigator or skipper can see what is going on outside the yacht. This is much better than navigating blind from the depths of the boat. This area can also serve as an informal dinette with a great view.
GALLEY: The galley countertop is a full 8' long, with a deep double sink. There is a 4 burner CNG stove and oven, and a huge amount of locker and drawer space. It is located in the raised area of the cabin, near the inside navigation station. Most large yachts have the galley tucked away deep in the interior, where ventilation and visibility is poor, and where the cook is totally isolated. A great deal of time is spent in and around the galley, cooking, making coffee and looking for cookies. When the skipper ducks below for making coffee, he can still see out to watch were the boat is going.
The galley location also gives easy access to the dinette, cockpit and navigation station. The icebox, located under the navigation station, has 9.3 cubic feet capacity, one of the largest that you will find in any comparable boat.
Visible at the far end are the entry steps, which are really steps and not the usual near-vertical ladder. The step cabinet houses a convenient trash container or storage area. There is a storage locker under every seat and berth throughout the boat.
MASTER STATEROOM: This area offers a queen-sized bed, sofa, a large double hanging locker, under berth storage, drawers, vanity and a place for a TV set. The master and forward staterooms, both equally large and comfortable, have their own private bathrooms with showers. There is a watertight bulkhead directly behind this stateroom. (there is another watertight bulkhead forward of the stern)
FORWARD STATEROOM: This area has a very large V berth, 2 seats, a sofa, a double hanging locker and private head. A large opening hatch is located directly over the V berth. There is room for a washer-dryer. The watertight bulkhead can be seen at the forward end of the V berth. Ahead of this bulkhead is a large anchor locker that will hold an amazing amount of equipment.
CREW QUARTERS/EXTRA STORAGE: Behind the cockpit and the aft watertight bulkhead, there is a third, completely private sleeping area. This is a perfect area for a charter crew, or for the kids. This area also makes a great workroom or garage for storing all of the stuff that you may not want in the main cabin (rafts, oars, fenders, sail covers, etc.) There is also room for a diesel AC 50 or 60 hertz generator to power appliances and air conditioning.There is another very large area near the transom, with a large hatch, for storage.
Anthem has two complete sets of anchors, chain and line. There large fortress anchors, with 70' of chain and 350' of 5/8 nylon line.
Anthem has a large, self bailing anchor locker ahead of the watertight bulkhead. The Muir electric anchor windlass is strong and secure. The anchor roller grips the anchor in a horizontal position and keeps it away from the hull and deck. The boat rides very well at anchor, with virtually no casting about.
The anchor can be raised and lowered with foot operated switches on the foredeck, and an up and down switch on the cockpit pedestal.
Anthem is equipped with the following:
There are three watertight bulkheads. The forward bulkhead is at the rear end of the anchor locker. The aft bulkhead is under the steering pedestal. There is another between the engine room and the master stateroom. Other safety features include non-skid deck surfaces, strong lifelines, bow and stern pulpits, self bailing cockpit, and secure hatches and ports. The non-skid deck surface has enough tooth to insure good footing, yet it is not so rough as to tear up your skin.
There is a large electric bilge pump, and a second system for draining bilges and shower pans. There is a general purpose pickup hose that can suck water out of any spot in the central area of the boat. This is a very large, manually operated high capacity bilge pump in the main salon, and another in the engine room.
Anthem is equpped with 3' tall lifelines (3 rails) and pulpits. This height is required for Coast Guard certification.
Running lights are the same size and power as required for full sized ships. Anthem is readily visible at night from long distances.
Anthem has a 6 man zodiac self inflating survival raft, with canopy.
It is fully equipped with lifejackets, flares and strobes.
There is a dedicated EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon) aboard the boat. The system provides a signal indicating the boat's name as well as its position.
All deck surfaces have effecting non skid.
13763 Fiji Way, E04
Marina del Rey, CA 90292