04 October 2016
04 October 2016
Gurit congratulates Latitude Yachts on the successful completion of the first two ‘Galaxy’ 53m Trimarans which are now on display at the 26th Monaco Yacht Show, 28 September - 1 October 2016.
This is the first international boat show where one of the two sister ships, Galaxy of Happiness, will be open to the sailing and superyacht community to tour the boat. Designed by Coste Design & Partners, Gurit explains that ‘Galaxy’ and ‘Galaxy of Happiness’ have been built in a record time of only 2.5 years. Launched in Riga, Latvia, in May 2016, the two Trimarans perform with excellence reaching their designed top speed of 30 knots as well as top level comfort and technology.
According to Gurit, the yard covered all composite production, systems and engine installations as well as interior and outer finishing. The two, all-composite sister trimarans were built from Gurit SPRINT prepreg material moulded in glass and carbon composites and featuring Corecell M foam. Gurit says its Corecell provides a combination of high shear strength with low density, high elongation, high temperature resistance and low resin uptake which it says is the perfect choice in slamming area and has also been used in the superstructure, hull and multiple decks. For the secondary bonding, Gurit Ampreg 22 and Spabond 340LV were used.
Most of the parts of both trimarans were built in one piece at once, including the 53m long hull with engine foundations. During construction, Gurit paid numerous on-site visits to support the manufacturing process and to discuss complex areas of the construction in more detail with the builders.
Commenting on the achievement, Valdis Irbe, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Latitude Yachts said, "Taking Gurit on board for the entire composite material package supply and process support was a perfect decision and very much helped us achieving such a great result. Gurit´s team was always there when needed and delivered beyond expectations."
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