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26th April 2018, Paris

Chomarat C-Tape for the Figaro Beneteau 3

Figaro Beneteau 3 monohull. © Gilles Martin-Raget – BeneteauA new unidirectional woven carbon tape developed by Chomarat is being employed to reinforce the foils of the Figaro Beneteau 3 racing boats currently being built by Multiplast, based in Vannes, France.

The foils improve the stability and performance of the monohulls of the boats and consist of fifty plies of Chomorat’s latest C-Tape.

“C-Tape offers a lot of flexibility in terms of weight, width and construction,” says Multiplast general manager Yann Penfornis. “It has been optimised to facilitate series production, yet provide the foils with maximum performance. The weft yarn developed by Chomarat makes the tape easy to handle and to work with. It is produced in 50-cm widths in order to adapt better to the mould, thus reducing both scrap and production cost.

C-Tape, a high-performance carbon reinforcement with great design flexibility. © Chomarat“The project was an ambitious one and we had to reach a lower target cost, achieve a perfect foil shape, guarantee identical weight for all parts, and produce a set of foils per week over a period of one year.”

 “This new C-Tape is the fruit of close co-operation between the Multiplast and Chomarat development teams, and it rounds out our broad range of tapes,” adds Chomorat manager for the boating market Vincent Cholvy. “We are now working on different fibres and adapting the widths to our customers’ processes in order to reduce costs.”

By the end of summer 2018, some one hundred foils will have been produced for assembly on the first 50 Figaro Beneteau 3 monohulls.

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