High Modulus (Hamble, Hants, U.K.) announced that it has begun the structural engineering design of the largest all-composite motor yacht ever built. Moreover, this 186-ft (57m) vessel will be a vacuum-infused production motor yacht, and will be the first composite motor yacht to break the 500-gross-ton threshold.
These “firsts” are the work of Christensen Shipyards (Vancouver, Wash.). Christensen has been building fiberglass motor yachts between 47m to 50m (157 ft to 164 ft) for over 20 years, and this new Custom 186 Series will offer similar benefits to the Custom 160 Series. Owners will be able customize the design of the superstructure, window shapes, hull colors and interior selections, but can rely upon a proven hull and systems.
Despite all Christensen boats to date having been built in Vancouver, these impressive 186-ft yachts will be constructed in a brand new, purpose-designed facility on a lake front in Tennessee. The 55-acre complex includes state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and has been designed for maximum efficiency, leading to controlled costs and on-time deliveries.
High Modulus is part of an international team that has been brought together to develop this landmark project. The company's role is to develop all composite structural specifications, and to work with the yard and other consultants to ensure the challenging 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.
Tooling will start in early 2008 and the first boat, for current Christensen yacht owner John Rosatti, is due to launch in 2011.
High Modulus is a leading structural engineering and composite technology company focused solely on the marine market. With a pedigree stretching nearly 30 years, the company has offices in New Zealand and Europe, serving customers around the world. High Modulus provides engineering consultancy services to a complete range of marine vessels, from one-off performance race boats to mega motor yachts, and from robust commercial craft through to world class production sailing boats. High Modulus also supplies composite materials and the B3 SmartPac to customers in selected countries around the world. Web site: www.high-modulus.com