Pioneer in building yachts from carbon fiber

Lighter, safer, faster - at YYachts, the hull, deck, interior and rigging are made of carbon fiber

Carbon fiber is the forward-looking material that will revolutionize the coming decades. First it was the preferred construction material in aerospace and has been successfully adopted successfully in high-performance sports such as Formula 1, the America's Cup or the Volvo Ocean Race. Today, YYachts uses this advanced material to produce lightweight yet luxurious carbon yachts very easy to sail. 

In YYachts' design and manufacturing process, the hull, deck, interior structure and rigging are made of carbon fiber and vinyl ester resin.  This provides very high strength and stiffness with a small weight. Compared to conventional designs, this saves up to 50% in weight.

By using the vacuum injection process is possible to evenly distribute the resin in the molds, achieving excellent results, quality and precision.

Another advantage is that the use of epoxy resin means there is no styrene exhalation and therefore no plastic odor below deck. 

 

More performance and less environmental impact thanks to consistent lightweight design

The high weight savings not only improve sailing performance but YYachts are able to  sail at great speed even in light winds. This means that transfers under the engine can be significantly reduced as well as fuel consumption. Sailing with a YYacht is one of the most sustainable ways to move on the water. 

Masts and booms are built from 100% layered carbon fiber. YYachts relies on Axxon Composites, a leader in the production of masts and booms. These components are designed to be lightweight and exceptionally strong. 

 

Best sailing characteristics thanks to carbon fiber rigging

The carbon fiber rig additionally contributes to weight savings. However, the real advantages lie in the physics of the sail. On the one hand, a reduced top weight allows more sail carrying capacity with the same keel weight. On the other hand, high skill allows profiles to be made much thinner, reducing aerodynamic drag. The sails are easier to trim, and the increased stiffness better preserves the sail's profile. As a result, YYachts sail faster and more balanced. 

 

Pioneer in building yachts from carbon fiber

Incidentally, YYachts founder Michael Schmidt was already involved with carbon as a material in the 1980s. Based on the single-toners "Düsselboot" and "Espada," two highly successful regatta yachts, Schmidt's shipyard at the time built the three-quarter-toners "Blaupunkt" and "Gaviosa" entirely from carbon. The skepticism of the scene that the yachts were extremely fragile was refuted by them. When they collided at the world championship - nothing happened! A new technology then took its course in boat building.

 

What is carbon?

Carbon fibers are fibers with a diameter of about 5 to 10 micrometers, consisting mainly of carbon atoms. Carbon fibers have several advantages, including high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion. These properties have made them very popular in aerospace, motorsports and yachting. To make a carbon fiber, carbon atoms are bonded together in crystals that are aligned more or less parallel to the longitudinal axis of the fiber, as the crystal alignment gives the fiber a high strength-to-volume ratio - making it very strong for its size. Several thousand fibers are bundled together to form a strand that can be used as such or joined to form a fabric.

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