Designed by VPLP/Verdier and constructed in the largest marine oven in the United States in just 12 months, Superyacht Comanche is intended to be the fastest monohull ever built. She is constructed of pre-preg carbon fiber, resulting in an extremely light and strong hull and features a canting keel, daggerboards, water ballast and large sail area. Comanche features a wide, shallow hull and high power-to-weight ratio.
Comanche’s accomplishments include the following:
Setting the 24-hour monohull speed record of 618.01 miles (traveling at an average speed of 25.75 kts)
Line honors at the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Breaking the Newport Bermuda Race record by almost 5 hours
Setting the new Transatlantic monohull West East record of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes, 25 seconds (over 24 hours faster than the previous record)
Advanced Construction Capabilities
For Superyacht Comanche’s build, the shop’s physical space was completely transformed. A modular oven for cooking the hull and deck composite parts now completely fill the interior of the facility with smaller ovens handling bulkheads and small parts elsewhere in the building.
The largest of the three ovens is currently 110’ x 36.5’ x 20’ (33.5m x 11.1m x 6m). The roof is removable and the walls and roof are modular. Multiple heaters have a combined capacity of over 1.5 million BTU’s.
The building was extended and now hosts a “clean room” for cutting fabric. Storage of refrigerated prepreg materials is located nearby.