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Aureus Yachts

Dear subscriber,
 
In this newsletter we would like to share some of our latest news with you, tell you about our progress, and show you some photos of the work being done.
 
First of all, our website features 2 new topics:
 
-          FAQ
This is a compilation of your frequently asked questions and our response to them. We invite you to make use of this site; please feel free to send us your questions!
See this topic
 
-         Shipyard
To give you a taste of what you may find when visiting us, have a look at the photos of our shipyard, our techniques and the full carbon Aureus XV under construction.
See this topic
 
We also invite you to share the dream with us on our blog , discover Hyères Islands – one of the best sailing destinations. See the blog

Aureus XV Construction


Construction progress

Since our first newsletter two months ago, the construction of Aureus XV has progressed significantly.

The full carbon/epoxy hull and deck have been post-cured at 60° to complete the chemical bonding of the resin so that it obtains all the required mechanical properties.
 
After that, several steps of the hull layout were completed :
 
1. Technical installation: plumbing, wiring harness, tanks, furniture chassis, etc.
 
2. Wooden bulkheads and bulky furniture installation.
Structural bulkheads were already present, they were made from carbon fiber and infused like hull and deck.
See the photo

3. The deck has been fitted with two carbon boxes to hide all the running rigging and to send it to the helm stations.
See the photo
 
4. Decking.
The deck is both glued and bolted, and then restratified using carbon and epoxy (post-cured).
See the photo
 
5. Furniture installation and assembly inside the hull.
All furniture have been manufactured in our factory by our wood and leather specialists.
 
6. Hull and deck preparation before painting.
The carbon/epoxy hull and deck require many layers of primer before applying the paint. The hull has been treated and sanded several times.
See the photo
 
Coming soon:
Once the painting and last assembly are done, the laying of the synthetic teak to the deck will take place inside the shipyard. After this the Aureus XV will be put to water for the masting, installation and adjustment of the sails and rigging.
 
We invite you to follow us on social networks so that you don’t miss the posting of our photos and videos showing our progresses and technical know-how!

Aureus XV  full carbon/epoxy hull


Focus on ... Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is an assembly of fibers about 5–10 μm in diameter and composed mostly of carbon atoms. Bonded together, those carbon atoms form the crystals, aligned parallel to the long axis of the fiber. This crystal alignment ensures the fiber's high strength-to-volume ratio which makes it very strong and resistant for its size. By combining thousands of carbon fibers, a tow is formed, which may be used on its own or woven into a fabric.

Carbon fiber is mostly used to create strong composite materials. To realize our composite we use carbon fiber combined with epoxy resin, which is the best resin in terms of strength and elongation before breaking. It allows our composite structures to fully capitalize on those materials extraordinary mechanical properties with no weak link. For instance, in case of a shock, the resin won't break before soliciting carbon fibers, which is a great security.

The properties of carbon fibers, such as high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion, make them very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motorsports, along with other competition sports. For example the carbon fiber is used for :  racing cars, fighter jets, some parts of the space shuttle, many elements of commercial aircrafts, sporting equipment, wind turbines, etc.

The use of carbon fiber on racing boats, both multihulls and monohulls, has also greatly improved the performance and safety of these boats. Carbon’s and epoxy's mechanical and fatigue resistance are significantly higher than those of other materials (polyester, glass or aluminum). As a result, the carbon provides a better strength as well as a reduction in weight. Wich means:
- better stability of the boat, since it allows boat builders to transfer more weight to the keel. The stability is even greater when the mast is also carbon-made, as it means that  there is less weight at the top of the boat;
- better resistance to shocks, which improves overall safety;
- a speed gain;
- and on top of that, used with epoxy, the composit materials made from the carbon fiber last much longer.

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