Orca Class40 by Humphreys Yacht Design and Ocean tec
The new Class40 box rule has created conditions for the fastest growing offshore racing fleet in the world. Its success is mainly based on the Class40 prime subjective: to introduce affordable and manageable offshore yacht for both professional and amateur sailors, that could be sailed shorthanded or fully crewed.
Taking advantage of the latest knowledge in hydrodynamics and naval architecture enabled creation of extremely fast boats that exceed the speed of much bigger boats from previous generation, despite severe rule restrictions on hi–tech solutions such as canting keels and use of carbon fibres. Vacuum-infused epoxy PVC sandwich laminates with integral secondary structure in a monocoque arrangement is a leading edge “3D infusion” process developed by Ocean tec to promote structural longevity. This construction approach produces significant weight savings and better mechanical properties at the same time, thus making the boats lighter, stiffer and safer.
The design work on the Orca yachts is entrusted to Humphreys Yacht Design, a company which has consistently struck the right note between experience, innovation, style, and performance. Having Rob Humphreys in a pro-active, steering role in Orca’s product development gives Orca yachts the direct benefit of his insight into the world’s yachting market.
Although the Orca Class40 is a “full on race boat”, the very features that enhance her shorthanded capability give her a strong cruising capability, enriching both her afterlife value and general usability. Orca Yachts will make sound sense to any potential customer who has a hankering for speed and style as well as comfort, safety, and reliability.
The Ocean tec`s design expertise, its technical ability, and its state of the art production processes add detail strength to this base philosophy, giving the Orca brand a very precise compass course to steer by.
Orca Class40 yachts are going to be built in Epoxy glass PVC sandwich “3D infused” laminate from production moulds. The tooling process is underway and the prototype is scheduled to be launched in late February 2008 to compete in the Transat race in May 2008.