Hexcel has supplied a range of carbon fiber reinforcements to multihull builder Gunboat for its series of Gunboat 68 yachts.
Hexcel has supplied a range of carbon fiber reinforcements to multihull builder Gunboat for its series of Gunboat 68 yachts.

Hexcel says that it has supplied a range of carbon fiber reinforcements to multihull builder Gunboat for its series of Gunboat 68 yachts.

According to the company, Gunboat 68 is an all-carbon-fiber catamaran made with a complex composite structure that uses vacuum infusion for its largest components, including the hull, deck, and superstructure. It features a range of Hexcel HiMax carbon fiber multiaxials including 0-90 biaxials, +/-45 biaxials, and infusion-specific unidirectionals with aerial weights ranging from 300-800 gsm. Hexcel says that its PrimeTex spread tow woven fabric, which is a 300 gsm 2x2 twill using 12K carbon fiber, is used as the first ply into the mold.

The first two Gunboat 68s have been launched, while the third, fourth and fifth are still being built, with two of them scheduled to launch this year.

‘It’s great to work with people who share our passion for delivering the very best carbon fiber products possible,’ said Benoit Lebizay, Gunboat managing partner.

This story uses material from Hexcel, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.