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Fibre Mechanics Ltd

The Factory 18, Waterloo Road, SO41 9DB Lymington, Hampshire
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.03  Megayachts
  • 01.03.01  Megayachts (sail)

Our products

Product category: Megayachts (sail)

CF-520 52ft IRC Racing Yacht for 2021

FIBRE Mechanics and Carkeek Design announce a new 52ft IRC racing yacht for 2021.

Full production tooling for the new boat, to be known as the CF-520 is now under construction at FIBRE Mechanics in Lymington UK.  We plan to build a short series of CF-520s, with boat one already scheduled for launching in early March 2021. A second build slot is available for delivery in May 2021.

Boat one is being configured principally for offshore racing and will feature a water ballast tank system designed to reduce the crew numbers to 7 or 8.  However, Carkeek Design Partners and FIBRE Mechanics are making a wide range of equipment options available allowing subsequent boats to be configured to suit different racing programmes. Preliminary details indicate a full on approach to the hull build, with Waterfront Composites specifying full IM carbon and honeycomb core throughout. Detailed specifications and pricing for the standard boat will be releaed over the next few weeks.

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Product category: Megayachts (sail)


From the very beginning, the Melges IC37 Class was developed to create a racing experience unlike any other. The boat itself is innovative and elegant in a thoughtfully simple way. One set of three sails for all conditions, a rig designed to trim and go, only essential instruments. And yet, remarkable performance in all conditions.

But the IC37 is more than just a new boat. It is an innovative amateur one-design class designed to race with a crew of family and friends. Men and women. Young and not so young. Sailors who race for the love and joy of the sport.

And all making possible what many sailors seek: the opportunity to test their preparation, skill, and teamwork on the most level playing field available. Which is why the IC37 is the boat of choice for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and the Canada’s Cup.

The racing is fast, fun, furious — and most of all, joyful.

The New York Yacht Club committed to a 20-boat fleet for member charter ensuring there is great one-design racing from the outset of the class.
The IC37 was designed by Mark Mills, one of the most respected yacht designers of this era, adept at drawing boats that succeed both as one-designs and in handicap competition.
FIBRE Mechanics (Lymington, U.K.) are building boats to exacting specifications while Melges Performance Sailboats, the leading name in top-level one-design competition, handles the sales, marketing and class management.

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About us

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Racing Boat Origins...
The majority of FIBRE Mechanics management team and boat building workforce have previously been building carbon racing boats at Green Marine for many years, in some cases dating back to the early 1980s. We were part of Green Marine's growth through numerous phases, from the intermittent IOR boats of the 80s, to the IOR Maxis, Volvo Race and Americas Cup boats of the 90s, to the large cruising yachts of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and onto the current crop of performace racing cruising yachts.

Without going into detail (and believe me, we could), the story started with the development of composite materials and processing techniques: a revolution in materials that took place between 1980 and 1995, a 15 year phase during which we built multiple generations of IOR and Whitbread racing boats. In the 25 years since then, development in the world of racing yachts has been more evolutionary, based on increased engineering sophisitication, and improving manufacturing quality standards, a period during which we built numerous TP52s, Volvo, IMS and IRC racing boats as well as the Americas cup boats for Prada and Mascalzone, IMOCA boats for Foncia, Macif, Hugo Boss and Banque Populaire.

But from 1995, the next revolutionary challenge was to build and install the sailing systems and interiors that larger yacht owners expected while preserving the sailing performance of a racing boat. The challenge was first put to us by Bill Tripp in 1995 with an 88 footer called Shaman, and soon after that by Ben Mennem whose vision was largely responsible for the 92ft Frers design Stealth, launched in 1996. In reality there was nothing straightforward about stripping weight out of cruising yachts. But naval architects such as Bill Tripp, Reichel/Pugh, German Frers and Luca Brenta not only sold the idea to their clients, but were key to finding the solutions to the challenges they posed. For us, at Green Marine, Patrizio Bertelli commissioned a Frers 106 footer called Ulisse, and then in sharp succession came Leopard 2000, Ghost and Sojana.  The size of yachts had crept up from 90 to 116ft, and we were straying into territory previously reserved for shipyards building in steel and aluminium.  It was Bill Tripp (again) that helped us take the next step up to the 39m Cinderella IV, and to the start of a relationship with Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands.

Big Boat Progress...
In 2010, the founders of Green Marine sold the company to Vitters Shipyard, who had who seen an increasing requirement for large lightweight hulls  -  and acted on it.

During this period our emphasis was on making sure that the techniques developed to build 70 foot racing boats were transferable to 130ft cruising yachts. In most cases they were not  -  the result being cruising yacht hulls that were probably lighter that they needed to be, but that were many times the cost of the aluminium hulls they replaced.

Between 2010 and 2016 we built six yachts over 30m; three were completed at Green Marine with lightweight systems and interiors (Open Season, Allegra and Galateia), and 3 were completed in Holland with more traditional interiors (Inoui, Missy and Ribelle). At the same time we were continuing to build racing yachts, working with racing teams such as Foncia, Banque Populaire, Hugo Boss and Macif on IMOCA, Ultime and built a 7-strong fleet of Volvo 65ft racing boats.

In the summer of 2015 Vitters acquired a second fit-out yard in the Netherlands and it was decided that Green Marine would no longer fit yachts out. The company's role would be restricted to the supply of composite hulls. For those of us who had seen the progress made from Gianni Agnelli's Stealth in 1997, to the Reichel/Pugh 30m Galateia and the Irens 24m catamaran Allega almost 20 years later, this was not considered a step forward. There seemed to be no appetite to identify the next step change in yacht construction technology. We had spent up to 30 years 'being' Green Marine, an innovative company dedicated to keeping weight out of carbon hulls; the new direction required a different mentality.

So, in the summer of 2016, we started work as FIBRE Mechanics, back in the Lymington factory where those first breakthrough yachts were built. 15 months later, when the Vitters group decided to close Green Marine, we were joined by a further group of boat builders and laminators who are now the crew at FIBRE Mechanics. We are an employee-owned company, and we see this fact as key to maintaining the high standards set by both the founders of Green Marine, and our more recent colleagues at Vitters.

Re-learning composites, re-designing interiors...
Our Technical Office is now a 5-strong team of engineers consulting on lightweight fit-out and installations  -  they are working with numerous Naval Architects and shipyards on a remarkably diverse range of projects. Our Composites team has spent four years learning which automated techniques developed by the aerospace industry can be economically applied to the custom yacht industry. 

'...Sometimes yacht technology advances in steps, and sometimes it evolves over a period of time. We have witnessed the key step changes and been part of the evolution of composite yachts over the last 40 years. We believe that a step change is overdue, and we are now uniquely positioned to take lightweight yacht construction to the next level...'