SP-High Modulus (Isle of Wight, U.K.), the marine business of Gurit, reported on April 3 that it has recently signed a contract to provide engineering services for what is due to be the largest private sailing yacht ever built.
The 141m/463-ft Dream Symphony is a staysail schooner, which will blend classical styling with contemporary design. Dream Symphony will not only be the largest private sailing yacht ever constructed, but will also be primarily wood construction, incorporating some composite materials and steel in the design.
The project is a collaboration between the builders Dream Ship Victory, Ken Freivokh Design and Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects. The yacht is currently in construction at new purpose-built facilities at the Dream Ship Victory yard in Turkey.
The engineering team from SP-High Modulus will work with Dykstra & Partners initially on the finite element analysis (FEA) of the structure covering the global strength of the design. The FEA will incorporate the properties and scantling of the wood, composites and steel, using the team’s knowledge and experience of composites engineering. Detailed engineering of the construction details for the wood structure will follow the FEA.
Graham Harvey, general manager Engineered Structures, says of the project, “We are delighted to be providing engineering services for this prestigious and unique project. For a project of this scale with epoxy cold moulded construction, our engineering experience in composite materials really helps when the structure utilises materials of very different properties.”