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High Modulus Technology in Award-winning Yachts

  • Saturday, 4th November 2006
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In a recent spate of industry awards, three boats that have benefited from High Modulus structural engineering and composite materials have scooped coveted prizes and nominations – the Seawind 1160, a 38ft sailing catamaran; Adele, a 174ft ketch, and Ad Lib, a 131ft power yacht.

The Seawind 1160 catamaran (pictured) made its US debut in September and is currently in the middle of an East Coast tour. At the Annual Newport International Boat Show, Rhode Island, the boat was presented with the award for Best Sailboat, on the grounds that it had made ‘the most significant contribution to the experience of recreational boating’. The judges commented on its ‘unprecedented interior light and space’ and ‘even the sleeping accommodations below deck offer incredible outside visibility’.

Next stop was Annapolis Boat Show, where Seawind learned of the boat’s nomination for Cruising World magazine’s Boat of the Year, as well as SAIL magazine’s Top Boat of the Year list. These recent awards and nominations follow a year after it was named as the Australian Sailboat of the Year.

This 38ft production sailing catamaran is built by Seawind Catamarans in Australia, and chose High Modulus for its structural design and composite materials supply in the form of the revolutionary B3 SmartPac, a construction solution developed by High Modulus to bring advanced engineering optimisation to production boatbuilding.

More recent were the announcements at the International Superyacht Society Design Awards at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show that Adele, a 175ft ketch, and Ad Lib, a 131ft power yacht had both won Best Sailboat and Best Powerboat in their respective classes.

Designed by Hoek Naval Architects and built at Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands, Adele features a rig built by Marten Spars, the composite components of which were engineered by High Modulus. The main and mizzen masts are both keel stepped and of carbon fibre construction, 62m and 46m above the waterline respectively. Both booms are of ‘Park Avenue’ design and also constructed of carbon fibre, the main boom being 18m long and 1.35m wide.

Ad Lib, designed by Dubois Yachts and built by Alloy Yachts in New Zealand, features a composite mast/flybridge bimini structure, engineered by High Modulus and built by Austral Yachts. The bimini is 6.8m long by 6m wide, and features six large windows in the top. It is supported by two posts at the front and is bolted to two aluminium legs at the sides. It also incorporates a 4.3m composite ‘wing’ structure, onto which the upper radar and communications domes, as well as the navigation lights mast, are fixed.

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