ACG prepregs featured in grand prix racing yacht

Hakes Marine Ltd. uses ACG's VTM260 series carbon prepregs in the Oystercatcher XXVIII 54-ft racing yacht.

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Prepreg materials from Advanced Composites Group Ltd. (ACG, Heanor, U.K.), part of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM) - a Division of Umeco plc, have been used by Hakes Marine Ltd. to build the new 54-ft/16.5m grand prix racing yacht Oystercatcher XXVIII designed by Humphreys Yacht Design (Lymington, U.K.).

Launched in Wellington, New Zealand in mid-October, Oystercatcher XXVIII features a hull and deck constructed from ACG’s VTM260 Series carbon prepregs direct from female molds, a technique adopted by world-class designers and builders of ocean-going craft. This technique offers optimum surface finish and minimal material usage. The hull uses a foam core to provide the requisite toughness for offshore racing, while the deck and internal structures employ Nomex honeycomb cores to reduce the overall weight. Central to the design is a hydraulically operated lifting keel, which effectively reduces the draft from 3.65m to 2.5m.

The rig, supplied by Southern Spars, has been manufactured using ACG’s MTM57 Series ultra-high modulus carbon fiber prepregs.