Maurizio Cossutti was given the task of reconciling the concept of a racing cruiser with the comfort necessary for a charter boat, and the first glance at the boat assures us that he succeeded in his task. This is of course easier to do on a boat of 16.7 meters it is than it would be on a boat that is 5 meters shorter, but it is still something worth mentioning. In addition, he managed to do something that the Italians have a special talent for, and that is to make the boat look beautiful. Its lines are modern, with a vertical, even slightly backward inclined bow, a low cabin that is elegantly and gently rising toward the cockpit and the lower, wide and open stern. Its elegance is further emphasized by the three longitudinal dark windows on the side of the sailboat, through which the light penetrates the interior.
One of the things that the designer of More 55 needed to pay special attention to while developing the project was to provide the vast amount of space needed in the cockpit during the regattas and on the deck in general, and at the same time include comfortable accommodation for ten people, eleven including the skipper, no matter if they are racing or relaxedly sailing in charter. This meant that there should be up to five cabins below deck, as comfortable as possible, at least three bathrooms, and a lounge large enough for whole crew to cook, eat and spend time in comfortably. In addition, the boat should have a large storage space for storing sails or an additional cabin for the skipper. Cossutti was able to achieve all that, without making the outside of the boat look “inflated”, which is something that we see more and more lately.
Of course, the keel, mast and sails, deck equipment and drive also had to be adapted to make the boat suitable for two or three different purposes. The standard draught is 2.7 m, with a bulb keel, and the boat has a Selden performance mast, made from two aluminium parts, with three sets of spreaders. The mainsheet is, quite originally, clasped on the deck, or rather below the deck of the cockpit in front of the two rudders, but can, for the purposes of charter, be hooked onto the cabin roof, thus making it possible to mount the bimini that covers the cockpit. The boat’s purpose of use made it necessary to equip it with a lazy jack and lazy bag system, in order to facilitate the management of the sailing equipment. The deck equipment is optimized, with six winches (two of them electrically operated), ten Spinlock stoppers and two rudders. The manufacturer chose a Yanmar engine with a hydraulic buckle, a shaft line and a three-bladed folding propeller.