Latitude Yachts

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Latitude Yachts in Latvia has announced the launch of two 53m trimarans. These projects have been built by the Riga-based shipyard for a client and are now getting ready for sea trials.

”These two yachts mean two years and five months of intense, complicated and very interesting work,” says Valdis Irbe, the co-owner of Latitude Yachts.

In addition, Jean-Jacques Coste told SB that his company, Coste Design & Partners, designed these vessels, including the naval architecture, exterior styling and interior architecture.

The hulls are built from different composite materials with the use of patented Sprint/Prepreg technology.

The shipyard explains in a statement that an hour-long cooking of fibreglass and carbon at a temperature of 90°С allowed achieving a high quality of multilayer lamination with tough mechanical properties and lowest void contents that usually could be achieved only in autoclave process. Irbe adds: “For the first time the hull of ships of such a class were entirely cooked in one piece at once.”

Each trimaran is equipped with two engines of aggregate capacity of 5200hp. The shipyard notes that due to applied technologies and multihull form, the yachts can run in excess of 28 knots.

In addition, Latitude Yachts says it is expecting to sign a contract for building two more similar projects to be used further in UAE.

Latitude Yachts has been building vessels since 2006, hiring up to 500 people, including sub- contractors.

The shipyard produces yachts built from aluminium, steel and composite materials.