Icecat 61, Ice Yachts is ready to launch its newest catamaran
Monday, February 12, 2018 5:01 PM
Innovation is in the air at ICE Yachts with the start of the construction of the new sailing cat designed by the Engineer Enrico Contreas, famous for the Mattia line, together with designer Luigi Cirillo and the yacht yard technical team.
ICE Yachts has got under construction the first two ICECAT 61 featuring numerous advanced traits and the 2 European owners (one is Italian) cannot wait to sail off with their new floating jewels.
The unmistakable Italian design is highlighted by sharp lines and generous volumes for a yacht that runs on the subtle balance between comfort and performance.
It isn’t hard at all to sense the CAT61 sporty nature, from the extensive use of carbon fiber to the best quality of epoxy resin which is vacuum infused in order to guarantee maximum strength and robustness to minimum weight.
A sensible displacement reduction allows to increase the loads addressed to a long cruise, such as pantries, without having to compromise the performances hence resulting in a consistent autonomy increase.
The interior design is dictated by a constant research in materials, aiming to avoid redundant and excessive weights and ensuring a sought-after yacht. Interiors will be realized in lighten wood materials, as for ICE tradition, which not only reduces the weight, it also preserves the surface high finish and smoothness.
For the cockpit windows has been chosen to use glass rather than plexiglass, which would result in a higher transparency and quality.
The rig will be in carbon fiber and the stays in Kevlar. The sail plan is extremely efficient and easy to run, featuring the possibility to control all the main sheets with the electrical winches.
The ICECAT61 will reach high sailing speeds ranging from 25 to 30 knots and 13 knots cruising under engine power. Thanks to this numbers, it is guaranteed how time and distances will be sensibly reduced, pleasing even the owners used to power boats speeds.
From a technical perspective, the carbon hulls do not need any further beams to hold the structure. The Dyneema trampoline and the forward stay have a carbon profile which withstand the solent and the gennaker.
Last but not list, the design team is working on a new innovative system for the mainsail sheet which will reduce the weights linked to the conventional hydraulic solution. The hybrid propulsion is also one of the highlights of this new yacht, to allow the navigation even in marine reserve.