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STP 65

Udo Schütz presents a brand new Container

Container’s first scheduled race is the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

lundi 29 septembre 2008Redaction SSS [Source RP]

The industry had been speculating, the experts were certain and now she is here : Udo Schütz, founder of Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA and pioneer of honeycomb technologies prevalent in aircraft construction, is ready to show off a brand new boat.

The new sailing yacht CONTAINER, one of the successors to the legendary yachts of the eighties and nineties of the same name, will be presented to owner and crew in the first week in September. After 11 months of construction at the Knierim-Werft dockyard, the first test runs are being conducted in the Kiel Fjord putting the yacht through its paces.

The STP65 class high-tech boat is not only representative of the latest in racing yacht construction, but also is a trail blazer thanks to the current material development conducted by the composites division of Schütz GmbH & Co. KgaA. That’s because the 65 foot long boat was constructed by using honeycomb technologies.

15 years after claiming victory at the legendary Admiral’s Cup, after numerous research and development stages and after continuously developing composite technologies further, Schütz has a new generation of honeycombs that can otherwise only be found in the Airbus A380.

Modified to fit three dimensional deformation conditions for boat construction, Schütz developed a special Kevlar honeycomb (CORMASTER CN1), which retains stability but is up to 15% lighter.

The total weight of the structure is lessened by about 5% - a heavy advantage because the weight saved is used in the keel’s roughly 4.5-meter long lever arm which will improve performance significantly.

CORMASTER is the ideal building material for fast and light sailing yachts, a feat Schütz has proven since 1982 with the Pinta, constructed in Selters, and with one of the first CONTAINER yachts. By the way, the victors at the 1993 Admiral’s Cup can still be found sailing off the coast of Palma de Mallorca. Even though initially intended for use in aircraft construction, Schütz and his crew see honeycomb technologies as the future of yacht construction today more than ever. They also consider the CONTAINER to be a trendsetter and an ambassador of this trailblazing, lightweight material.

Designed by the successful team of Judel and Vrolijk and constructed by the Knierim Werft dockyard with Schütz know-how, the new CONTAINER will be christened on September 6th, 2008 at the Knierim Werft in Kiel and will have to prove herself just three weeks later, from 09/29 to 10/04, at the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. The new high-tech boat will also be participating in the Middle Sea Race taking place from the 18th to the 20th of October.

Press info 4Sail Communications

Boat Specifications

- Class : STP65
- Length : 20.01 m (65 feet)
- Width : 4.80 m
- Draft : 4.80 m
- Weight : 13,400 kg
- Mast Height : 34 m
- Sail Area : 160 m2 (main sail) and 104 m2 (foresail)
- Gennaker : 410 m2
- Capacity : approx. 16 – 18 crew
- Design : Judel / Vrolijk & Co
- Builder : Knierim Yachtbau GmbH

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