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First Sea Trials - ( Photo Credit - Terry Fong )

[ 15 / 03 / 2005 ]
Trialling has been confined to the Waitemata harbour, but even so Maximus has consistently achieving boat speeds that are equal to or better than the true wind-speed.

Earlier this week the first of the sailing media were aboard in a breeze that varied between six and ten knots.

“We were seeing boat speeds of nine to 14 knots in these conditions’, said Richard Gladwell of Pacific Motor Yacht. “It is a remarkable performance, particularly when you consider that we were sailing under a small #3 jib, and without the canting keel in operation. These are the sort of numbers you would expect to see off a catamaran, rather than a monohull. The speed was quite effortless.”

Later in the week, Maximus was fitted with her three metre long “prod” - which is used to set gennakers and a “Code Zero” jib - the first for a supermaxi, and sea-trialling will begin in earnest as her crew get the wrinkles ironed out of her systems before she is shipped for the Antigua Race Week at the end of April - the first of nine events in which she will compete through to the end of December.

Other features unique to Maximus include a retractable canting keel which reduces her draft to 4 metres, and extends to 6 metres and is capable of being canted 50 degrees off centre to provide a massive righting moment. The idea comes from co-owner Bill Buckley whose company developed the engineering necessary to both raise and extend the keel into the “centrecase” or hollow keelstrut. Buckley Systems Limited also designed and engineered the keel canting mechanism which features a number of failsafe systems.

A special feature of the canting mechanism is that it has been designed to be housed below the saloon floor, and doesn’t intrude into the working area below decks.

Maximus is certainly the first supermaxi and one of the few monohulls to feature a rotating wingmast - more commonly found on high performance catamarans. As a former Tornado catamaran sailor, St Clair Brown isn’t fazed with the concept. “It significantly lowers our rig drag” he says “and that translates directly into improved boat-speed”. The rotating mast was designed by Chris Mitchell and Southern Spars, who built a similar rig for Ellen MacArthur in her recent record-breaking around the world run.

The spar is notable for having only two sets of spreaders instead of the usual four, plus a set of smaller diamond spreaders lower in the rig. All this adds up to reduced drag and more speed.

“We wanted a yacht with the maximum righting moment and a very high power to weight ratio, and a boat that is fully powered at a low wind speed”, explains co-owner Charles St Clair Brown.

“We wouldn’t have built the boat unless we hadn’t been very happy with the VPP’s (Velocity Predictions). We did a huge amount of VPP analysis with Clay Oliver, and also ran various scenarios including water ballasting and canting. Plus the various hull forms - beamier and narrower at the waterline. And have all been analysed as best as we can with the computer.

“With these boats you don’t have the time to go off and tank test, so you have to use known information about hull forms and the like.

“This boat is designed for all-round offshore racing. “

Maximus is very much an all-Kiwi project. “We have designed and built this boat in New Zealand, it will race around the world under a New Zealand flag and will highlight New Zealand technology.”

“We have kept the hull mould here and are trying to promote this almost as a production boat. There are significant cost savings to be made for a new owner, plus a big saving in time”, say Brown.

“Part of our business concept is to promote New Zealand boat building industry and sailing skills outside the America’s Cup”, he adds.

Maximus will continue her work-up on the Waitemata and Hauraki Gulf until she ships to the West Indies to compete in the legendary Antigua Race Week , followed by an attempt on the world 24 hour monohull speed record, and then the Rolex Transatlantic race followed by several regattas in Europe. Her 2005 campaign finishes up with the Sydney Hobart yacht Race where six of the new supermaxi type yachts are expected to compete.

 

 
Media Room Archives ...
[ 20 / 10 / 2006 ]

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[ 10 / 10 / 2006 ]

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[ 21 / 09 / 2006 ] Paul Cayard Joins Maximus .............................................................................................................................................. [ read article ]
[ 09 / 09 / 2006 ]

Blow Out The Cobwebs Not Batten Down The Hatches .................................................................................................

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[ 08 / 09 / 2006 ]

Spreading your Wild Oats .................................................................................................................................................

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[ 06 / 09 / 2006 ]

Maxi Worlds, Minimum Wind ..............................................................................................................................................

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[ 05 / 09 / 2006 ] More Light Conditions For Day Two .................................................................................................................................. [ read article ]
[ 04 / 09 / 2006 ]

Light Winds Make Heavy Work For Maximus ....................................................................................................................

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[ 03 / 09 / 2006 ] The Worlds Best Gather In Sardinia .................................................................................................................................. [ read article ]
[ 04 / 08 / 2006 ] An Interview With The Maximus Record-Breakers ........................................................................................................... [ read article ]

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