The Cape50 is a new all-composite sports cruiser conceived, designed and built in Australia to meet real boating conditions by Steve Campbell’s Composites Constructions.
Leaning very heavily on his heritage in high-end, high-performance racing, Campbell and his crew utilised vinylester, resin-infused technology to ensure maximum strength, the best uniformity, and lightest possible weight. Multi-axial fabric sandwiches the 30mm thick, 100kg/m3 foam used below the waterline, with 80kg/m3 foam used above the waterline. The same fabric and foam are used throughout her structural bulkheads, although they are 20mm thick. The stringers and engine mounts deploy a high-density foam sandwich in the creation of this E-Glass gem.
Being constructed in Victoria, the Cape50 is very much all-composite, with her carbon-fibre dashboard signalling her heritage. The coach house roof and all of the structural window mouldings are also carbon-fibre to make use of this material’s incredible strength and rigidity, whilst keeping weight aloft to a minimum, and the centre of gravity down near the waterline where her Volvo Penta D6 IPS600 engines and drives reside.
A leading Australian Naval Architect penned her running surface, whilst Campbell and designer, Angelo Finocchiaro, created her distinct step, chines, and flare that provide for her sea keeping qualities.
The Cape50’s real flair comes in the way it is all combined, along with a 12,500kg lightship displacement, which affords brisk, mid-30 knot performance (WOT), and exceptional fuel efficiency. She will be christened this November, with sea trials and tests commencing after that.