The Antares III 100 ft composite performance cruising sloop was built by Yachting Developments and launched in Auckland in May 2011. (Picture: Dixon Yacht Design.)
The Antares III 100 ft composite performance cruising sloop was built by Yachting Developments and launched in Auckland in May 2011. (Picture: Dixon Yacht Design.)

SP-High Modulus, the Marine business of Gurit, provided composite structural engineering services for the Dixon-designed superyacht, which was built by Yachting Developments.

Antares III was engineered to meet stringent Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and MCA classification requirements. Due to the use of composites, the yacht weighs 25-30% 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.