High Modulus (Hamble, Hants, U.K.) announced that it has begun the structural engineering design for what will be the largest all-composite production motoryacht ever built. Moreover, the vacuum-infused 57m/186-ft vessel will be the first composite motoryacht to break the 500-gross-ton threshold.
These “firsts” are the work of Christensen Shipyards (Vancouver, Wash.). Christensen has been building fiberglass motoryachts between 47m to 50m (157 ft to 164 ft) for more than 20 years; the new Custom 186 Series will offer similar benefits to the firm’s Custom 160 Series: Owners will have the option to customize the design of the superstructure and window shapes as well as hull colors and interior appointments.
Although all Christensen boats, to date, have been built in Vancouver, the 186-ft yachts will be constructed in a new, 55-acre purpose-designed facility on a lake front in Tennessee.
High Modulus is part of an international team that has been brought together to develop the project. The company’s role is to develop all-composite structural specifications and to work with the yard and other consultants to ensure that objectives are met. In particular, High Modulus will liaise with Flag and Class officers as well as noise and vibration consultants, to deliver a yacht that meets noise and class requirements within a high-performance yet practical structural solution.
The first boat, for current Christensen yacht owner John Rosatti, is due to launch in 2011.