ACG VTM Prepregs used for Grand Prix Racing Yacht

12 November 2010

Prepreg materials from Advanced Composites Group have been used by Hakes Marine Limited to build the new 54ft grand prix racing yacht Oystercatcher XXVIII, designed by Tom Humphreys of Humphreys Yacht Design.

Launched in Wellington, New Zealand in mid-October, Oystercatcher XXVIII represents the second Humphreys-designed racing yacht for owner Richard Matthews.

The hull and deck of Oystercatcher XXVIII were constructed from ACGs Lloyds Register of Shipping approved VTM260 Series carbon prepregs direct from female moulds, a technique adopted by world-class designers and builders of ocean-going craft. This technique offers optimum surface finish and minimal material usage, thus delivering the race-winning performance demanded by yachts in this class. The hull utilises a foam-core to provide the requisite toughness for offshore racing while the deck and internal structures employ Nomex honeycomb cores to reduce the overall weight. Central to the design is a hydraulically operated lifting keel, which effectively reduces the draft from 3.65 to 2.5m.

The rig, supplied by Southern Spars, has been manufactured using ACGs MTM57 Series ultra-high modulus carbon fibre prepregs.

Oystercatcher XXVIII is heading off to compete in a gruelling race program encompassing Cowes Week, the Key West Race Week, Rolex Fastnet, the RORC Caribbean 600 and Ocean Races.

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