VABO Composites completes composite superstructure for superyacht
The contracted project to develop a composite superstructure for a Dutch builder’s superyacht resulted in more than 40% weight savings.
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In early October, VABO Composites (Emmeloord, Netherlands) reported the completion and successful transport of its carbon fiber composite superstructure, a project contracted for Dutch builder Royal Van Lent’s 77-meter superyacht. With transport taken care of by VABO's permanent transport partner and neighbor, Van Wieren Transport, the piece is ready for installation.
What the company terms “an enormous lightweight colosseus,” the single-piece superstructure ranges at 23 by 11 by 5 meters, and achieved weight savings of more than 40% compared to aluminum.
In addition to the construction of all elements, VABO Composites was responsible for the concept-engineering, calculations, mold design and mold fabrication. The first painting work is also currently being carried out in Emmeloord.
In view of the project’s success, Sales and Marketing manager, Jeroen van Deutekom, indicates that this will certainly not be the last showpiece of its kind (see “VABO Composites: Dutch innovator excels in diverse applications”).
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