Carbon passerelle for sailing yacht

La Ciotat, 2022

On this mythical 45m Camper&Nicholsons sailing yacht from 1910, the client wanted to replace the old passerelle. This passerelle was made of two removable parts and gratings placed on top. The set weighed more than 100Kg and was very difficult for the crew to handle.

The client wanted a composite passerelle, lighter, stronger, with dimensions adapted to the storage space on the doghouse, while respecting the aesthetics of the boat and compatible with the old bronze stanchions. So, Strat-o-sphere designed in 3D a simple passerelle, in one part, 5m40 long and 60cm wide, with its twelve stanchion supports, its pin for fixing to the boat and its wheels on the quay side so that the passerelle follows the natural movements of the boat.

The two beams are made of unidirectional carbon fiber, and the horizontal plane of a PVC foam sandwich. All the pieces were custom made in our workshop in Nice by Infusion Technology, including the stanchion supports and the pin, and then laminated together.

Once the gangway was assembled, many hours were spent in finishing, sanding, painting and gluing the teak on the top. Only details remained to be settled on the day of the installation, such as the positioning of the stanchions and the lines.

This magnificent sailing yacht has now a beautiful new passerelle, strong, weighing only 60Kg and hand-made in the French Riviera !