The New Zealand-made 30-metre sloop Antares III, built of composite materials has won the major award at the International Superyacht Society Awards, held during Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
The yacht was also named Best Sailing Superyacht in the 24 to 40m category.
SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, provided the composite structural engineering solution for the Dixon-designed superyacht, which was built by Yachting Developments.
Yachting Developments CEO Murray Greenhalgh says the company works with a variety of materials, including wood and steel.
“We are currently doing a refit of a steel exploration charter craft,” Mr Greenhalgh says.
He says Antares III faced stiff international competition at Fort Lauderdale, and its quality of build was the determining factor in its win. The super yacht was engineered to meet stringent Germanischer Lloyd and MCA classification requirements.
Due to the use of composites, she weighs 25 to 30 percent less than an aluminium equivalent, with no compromise in strength and stiffness properties. The hull was specified to be an epoxy post-cured sandwich laminate, using an E-glass/carbon/aramid combination skin over a foam core.
SP-High Modulus engineers worked closely with the designer and the yard to enable the challenging build schedule, which allowed just 400 days from start to launch, to be met.
SP-High Modulus is the marine business of Gurit and currently supplies the superyacht market, high-performance custom, production, and work boat sectors. The companies of Gurit Holding AG, Switzerland, are specialised on the development and manufacture of high-end composite materials.
Gurit also supplies growth markets in wind energy, tooling, and transportation.