Ahoy! Greg Lynn’s carbon-fiber racing sailboat hits the water

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Gregg Lynn's vessel docked in Marina Del Rey (GLForm)

Greg Lynn’s vessel docked in Marina Del Rey (Jason Bloom)

Long interested in the potential of composites, Los Angeles architect Greg Lynn has just launched his 42 foot long by 32 foot wide carbon fiber racing sailboat. Created by Greg Lynn Form and a team at Santa Ana–based shipbuilding company Westerly Marine, the vessel was formed using CNC-formed molds, the resulting pieces held together with high tech adhesives.

Lynn's Trimaran being transported to its new dock (GLForm)

Lynn’s Trimaran being transported to its new dock (Jason Bloom)

It’s now docked in Marina Del Rey, and awaiting a new mast (the first one was damaged) so it can officially begin sailing. Lynn has started his own company, Greg Lynn Yacht, so he could begin producing more of the aerodynamic trimarans.

“I used to think that aerospace was a great place to focus my research, but it became clear that racing boats were more interesting and more affordable,” noted Lynn. He believes carbon fiber will soon be more commonplace in architecture because of its strength, lightness, and malleability. “You only put the material where you need it. There’s so much less waste,” said Lynn.

His boat, for instance, varies from 120 layers of carbon fiber to about six, depending on how much is needed. It’s also his secret weapon to beat his friend Frank Gehry in sailing races. We’ll keep you posted on how that turns out.

Boat under construction at Westerly Marine (GLForm)

Boat under construction at Westerly Marine (GLForm)

Drawing of the vessel shows main hull and two outrigger hulls (GLForm)

Drawing of the vessel shows main hull and two outrigger hulls (GLForm)

Early construction photo (GLForm)

Early construction photo (GLForm)

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Main hull under construction (GLForm)

Main hull under construction (GLForm)

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