Green Marine, a UK builder of carbon composite racing and cruising yachts, has made a six-figure investment into a new autoclave at its shipyard in Hythe, Southampton.

With a height of 2.9m and a 9.6m width, it is said to be Britain’s biggest marine-specific autoclave. It has a working dimension of 9.4m x 2.65m.

The new autoclave can be heated to over 200ºC and offers 6-9 Bar of pressure. Formerly used by the British Navy, it has the latest Eurotherm Nanodac system which controls and records autoclave processes, and is backed up with additional Pioclog recording.

Green Marine says the autoclave is being used to create carbon composite superyacht components from high-tech foils to rudders, wheels and keels. As well as being used on Green Marine’s yacht projects, it is also available for hire by fellow British Marine members.

“This investment will not only benefit Green Marine and our clients, but also the wider manufacturing community, as sharing resources allows increased investment and promotes best practice within both the marine industry and the manufacturing of composites as a whole,” says Green Marine CEO Richard Acland.

Green Marine builds custom racing yachts, high-performance superyachts and lightweight components in carbon fibre composites. Founded in 1982, the company has built more than 180 composite boats, including high-profile race designs such as TP-52s, Open 60s, Mini Maxis, multihulls and challengers for the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race.