TECHNICAL DATA, TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS
The numbers are impressive… The boat weighs 13 tons, less than the average boat in the same category; has almost 160 m2 of sail surface when going upwind, more than 400 when downwind and great stability thanks to the shape and the weigh/keel ratio.
Hull and deck of the boat are laminated with a sandwich infusion technique using a glass-carbon fiber composite material with an epoxy resin; the carbon structures are rolled in place and using the vacuum system, becoming one with hull and deck.
These choices, in addition to containing the weights, give solidity and strength to the boat, which can support the continuing stress and the strong loads during navigations.
Another strong point is the versatility related to the possible positions of the keel: the owner can choose a lifting keel, which allows him to change the draft from 3,7 meter to 2,3 meter, or a keel which varies from 2,30 meter to 3,2 meter, to adapt ICE 54 to all needs and uses.
These options are related to the optimization of the torpedo’s weight, sized specifically and realized using numerical control.
The fin keel is made of Weldox steel with high characteristics and a lead torpedo also offer the advantage to reduce in percentage the weight of the ballast and therefore to reduce also the boat displacement, for equal righting moment.
The study of the wheel, eventually made of carbon, provides an optimum control in all conditions.
All these characteristics help to keep very high performance in all conditions, both in regatta and in cruise.