The Arkema 3 Mini 6.50 prototype, an expression of innovation
With its Mini 6.50 monohull, Arkema is forging ahead into sailing with renewed energy. This prototype with an innovative design takes up a major challenge: the construction of a boat that is recyclable thanks to Arkema’s latest generation materials.
A floating laboratory teeming with innovations
Building on their experience with the Multi50 trimaran, Arkema and Team Lalou Multi have designed a resolutely high-tech Mini 6.50 class prototype. Those products with a proven track record on the trimaran have been retained, in particular the methacrylate structural adhesives and the Altuglas® ShieldUp acrylic glass.
A new product has also stepped on board, the Elium® recyclable resin. Fresh out of Arkema’s laboratories, it had never been used in this type of manufacture. This full-scale test has enabled the Group to save months of development.
The building of this boat was planned from the outset as a genuine research project.
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Mini Transat 2017: Arkema 3 to conquer the Atlantic
Sailing across the Atlantic solo is not given to everyone… Quentin Vlamynck knows it and, with this in mind, has been training, observing and learning for the past 3 years. On board his prototype Arkema 3, he has taken part in 4 races since the start of the 2017 season, clocking up 1,185 nautical miles. So, the skipper and his boat have now qualified officially for the season’s major objective: the Mini Transat 2017!
A recyclable monohull of the future
The hull and the bridge of this 6.5 m boat are made entirely from recyclable thermoplastic composite, thanks to the Elium® resin, infused with carbon fiber. This liquid acrylic resin is processed in the same way as the resins traditionally used in boat building, and features all their mechanical properties, but is recyclable unlike those resins.
A look back at an exceptional collaborative project
- July 2015: with support from the GRL teams, Team Arkema Lalou Multi begins construction on the prototype on the Aérocampus site (Bordeaux region, France)
- November 2015: infusion of hull in Elium®, followed by bridge
- January 2016: assembly and glueing of bulkheads using SAF® glues from Bostik
- March 2016: prototype on show at JEC World 2016
- June 2016: prototype launched at Port-Médoc (Gironde, France)