A new structural design solution provides an instant preliminary study of motor and sail boats between 25 feet and 70 feet. The solution, launched by 3A Composites Core Materials and STRUCTeam, provides a bill of materials and weight estimate compliant with both ISO 12215 Category A and ABS guidelines. This enables boat builders and designers to conduct rapid feasibility studies that reduce the cost and complexity of their new boat designs.

“Decreasing the cost and complexity of structural design without impacting on performance are key drivers behind the development of new boats,” explains STRUCTeam managing director Julien Sellier. “We input the basic dimensions of a motor or sailing yacht between 25 feet and 70 feet plus the designer’s preferred build technology into our software solution. The output is a rapid first calculation of the bill of materials.”

The bill of materials solution provides boat builders and designers with valuable information at an early stage of the boat design process. The solution is tailored to the marine industry’s needs and it incorporates the primary technologies used in boat building. Designers can choose composites technologies such as glass or carbon using an infusion process, Balsa, PVC or PET foams.

“The enhanced support that can now be provided will ensure that the marine market continues to evolve and push boundaries both in terms of material selection and design and cost effectiveness,” Sellier says.