The new 100 ft Hamilton III has been built for racing yachtsman Charles Dunstone, whose previous race boats have included the Reichel Pugh 76 Enigma, a Judel Vrolijk TP52 and the 36 m Briand Hamilton II.
Designed within a box rule by Judel/Vrolijk and with an interior by Design Unlimited, Hamilton III is a composite yacht built to the exacting weight limitations yet boasting a luxurious interior with every modern convenience.
|Cruising in comfort at the speed of the fastest maxi racer and racing at the highest level of competition is the dream of every passionate yachtsman. WallyCento is the first and only super yacht making this dream come true, and Hamilton truly reflects this concept.
|Luca Bassani Antivari, Wally President and Founder
Green Marine was selected for this project, to meet both the technical requirements and the short time scale set by the owner. Green Marine's long experience in building complex Grand Prix racing yachts using composite materials, and its ability to manage and co-ordinate a wide range of specialist sub-contractors, were some of the reasons behind its selection.
The construction and fit-out took place using two of Green Marine’s four new build boxes. Designed to provide the optimal environment for all the processes during the build of a yacht, these 38 m long ovens are equipped with computer controlled air management systems that can be set to different modes including oven, dust extraction, solvent extraction, post curing and painting. It was this capability to process both composite and paint materials in a single facility that saved Green Marine several weeks during the build.
The build box also provided two-floor access to the boat which greatly streamlined the logistics around the boat, and an overhead handling system enabled the rapid installation of heavy machinery and systems.
While the fit-out work was underway, the CNC machines in Green Marine’s component department produced the tooling for the various components. The rudder, hatches, winch pedestals, sheave boxes along with critical deck components such as the pedestal, centre console and aft arch were laminated with carbon prepreg. The rudder stock was built as a solid part to achieve maximum stiffness at minimum width.
The boat was finished on time in just 15 months, with up to 38 Green Marine technicians and engineers working on her at any one time.
Hamilton will join the Wally Class racing circuit participating in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (2-8 September, Porto Cervo, Italy) and in the Voiles de Saint Tropez (30 September-7 October).
The construction of the second WallyCento unit, Magic Carpet Cubed, is proceeding on schedule at WallyEurope facility in Ancona, Italy. The hull was successfully de-moulded at the beginning of June, and the yacht is scheduled to be launched at the end of the year.