The first hull of the new Oyster 125 superyachts has been successfully released from the mould after post curing in RMK’s purpose built 40m oven.
Although Oyster didn’t set out to break world records, it was only once the process was well under way that we realised we had just set a new world record. With nearly 6.3 tonnes of resin flowing in around four hours, this was the largest single continuous infusion anywhere in the world – the previous record being a bridge structure at around 6 tonnes.
The moulding of the new Oyster superyachts uses one of the most technically advanced aerospace standard composite injection systems, developed to produce a consistent high strength to weight laminate to maximise durability, in a controlled and environmentally friendly process.
The high-tech Kevlar and carbon substraits are used to maximise impact resistance and structural rigidity. Once the moulding process is complete, the hull and secondary structure are post-cured in a giant oven at 60º C for 48 hours to give the structure ultimate temperature stability. Computers monitor the whole process via thermo couplers, recording the temperatures at multiple points within the laminate.
A Lloyd’s surveyor oversees every aspect of the build, giving owners peace of mind about the whole manufacturing process.
Fit out of the first Oyster 125 is now underway and the yacht will be on the water in summer 2011. With four yachts in build by early Autumn 2010 - Oyster 100-01, 100-02 and 100-03 and Oyster 125-01 - the next build slot is for delivery 2012 and this exciting Oyster/RMK partnership is now gathering pace.