Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails Performance 2023 - LEADERBOARD

They come in threes - SailWorldCruising.com newsletter

30/11/2022


They come in threes

Stoneways Marine 2021 - LEADERBOARD

J Composites 2022 - J45 v4 LEADERBOARD

Cure 55 has definite quayside appeal - photo © Cure Marine


Dear Recipient Name

Ordinarily, you'd assume the worst when you see that line. It's like 'Oh no', what's next if you're on the second, or 'check this out' if you're looking back at all three in wonderment, if somewhat obscured by the tears in your eyes.

Today, we're really fortunate. For this is not just a good news story, it's a blast.

Yes, we might just be looking at renders for now, but this project is very much real and alive, as is evident by the pics of the mould you see here. Now the reason for the headline is simply because three owners have lined up to get a Cure 55 from Cure Marine, and for any new vessel, that's always some sort of testament to the overall ethos, the design, and just as importantly, the team behind it all.

Plug becomes mould fro the Cure 55, and the canoe sides get added on to form the hulls, then the lot comes out as a unitary platform - cool - photo © John Curnow
Plug becomes mould for the Cure 55, and the canoe sides get added on to form the hulls, then the lot comes out as a unitary platform - cool - photo © John Curnow

Interestingly, there are three main souls to factor into all this, in Ian McMahon, Anthony Bullman, and Dave Biggar. Now it looks like we might have a wee 'three' theme going on here, and those could be coming along pretty smartly from here on in, so don't say you weren't warned!

 
Ocean Safety 2021 - MPU   Sea Sure 2021 - Blakes Toilets - MPU
 

So what's the Cure?

Naturally, when you're in the composites game, and also the boating industry, 'cure' very much fits. Cook in one, chill in other... Dave Biggar elaborates for us, "Ian and I have been in and around building boats for the last 17 years. We did take a break for about the last five years, however." Notably, a break from boats did not mean kicking back, for they applied themselves into some very sizable entities in the composites/manufacturing industries, both jointly and separately.

This in turn, and as a matter of course, have delivered some tremendous synergies for what is going on at and with Cure Marine. "One of my other businesses is Zone RV, and that stems out into a few different branches itself within composites. We've just installed one of the biggest 3D printers in the Southern Hemisphere, which is actually 80 feet long, by 25 feet wide, by about 12 feet high.

"We now have the ability there to do prints for 80-foot hulls, which I'm pretty excited about. We've also got all types of automation and robots for tooling and manufacturing, as well as the very sophisticated composite facility here in this precinct."

Cure 55 is just 9.5 metric tonnes lightship - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 is just 9.5 metric tonnes lightship - photo © Cure Marine

Automation, or more precisely the accuracy and known quantities it demands/affords, is what leads to a key component of Cure, namely efficiency. Living in the digital realm and transferring it into the production domain is real at Cure, and you feel like you're just waiting for the white flash, just like in Tron, to teleport you between the two.

"I'd say that's probably one of my main passions around manufacturing in this age. The opportunity out there at the moment for being able to manufacture as part of Industry 4.0, or this digitized world, is just massive.

"Wind the clock back 17 years when I got into business and started building my first boat, compared to the opportunity we've got now, and how we can conduct business is so incredibly different. I'm really passionate about building in Australia: the thinking that we come up with, and how passionate we can get when we have the right team of people."

Cure 55 - Longeron runs all the main control lines and the anchor chain in a separate channel - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 - Longeron runs all the main control lines and the anchor chain in a separate channel - photo © Cure Marine

"I love building teams and leveraging technology. The opportunity is there in this express catamaran market, and we've got the tools at our fingertips, some of the best boat builders in the world, and terrific new facilities here on the Sunshine Coast to be able to cope with this. We're investing heavily into what we've got going on," said Biggar.

 
Aquaventures2022-MPU   Noble Marine 2022 SW - MPU
 

Did someone say Colin Chapman?

They should have. The key word in the paragraph above is: express. There'll be no lump, or more precisely two, in your tea here. It's more akin to a vodka Red Bull kind of thing. Mass, or the lack there of, is the best way to ensure pace, and it was the late Lotus founder's absolute mantra. Why have any old window crank in your car (electric ones weren't quite de rigueur in those days), when you could have an alloy one with holes drilled in it. Weighed a lot less, and looked way cool too. Do keep this whole premise in mind as we move forward BTW.

So you can see that Cure Marine is very personal, and this is the case for all three individuals mentioned earlier. Now the custom Stuart Bloomfield-penned 70-foot carbon cat being built out back in yet another of one of the myriad of sheds in this compound is a real nexus point in the whole equation.

Fully custom, Stuart Bloomfield penned all carbon cat is what got the team inspired to create Cure Marine - photo © John Curnow
Fully custom, Stuart Bloomfield penned all carbon cat is what got the team inspired to create Cure Marine - photo © John Curnow

Biggar continues, "Boats are a funny thing; for they seem to suck you back in. Five or six years ago, Ian and I decided to stop building boats because we were busy running the other businesses. Obviously, Ian and I have a fairly large bug for building high performance boats.

"Ian was off working in our industrial fibreglass business, Cure Composites and one day said, 'Dave, I'm getting itchy feet here. I keep getting tapped on the shoulder to do some builds and it just so happens that a pretty nice one has come along that I'm interested in. It's a 70-foot full carbon fibre, high performance sailing cat.' All I said was, 'let's do it, but let's do it thoroughly'."

Part of the overall thinking around that time was that Biggar was firstly pondering, then actively seeking out, a genuine express cat for his family to go voyaging on. 50 feet was the magic number, and he knew cats, and the engineering required for them, but what could he find? Budget was not so much of an issue, but nothing from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, or South Africa met the specification. Namely, a great boat, genuine pace, ecologically sound, and capable of being away for extended time.

The owners eagerly await the delivery of their new Bloomfield 70 all carbon custom cat from Cure Marine - photo © John Curnow
The owners eagerly await the delivery of their new Bloomfield 70 all carbon custom cat from Cure Marine - photo © John Curnow

Did we mention displacement? "Unfortunately, I just can't accept, or it probably would've bugged me fairly heavily, if I had ended up with a 50 odd foot cat that was in 13, 14, 15 metric tonne lightship range. I know that that is not a high-performance boat, for I've built 52-foot high performance sailing cats that have come in at six and a half, and 60-footers at 10 and 11. That's the standard that I was going to stick to."

So by the time the big green button had been pushed on the custom 70, it was also time to find the naval architect. Paul Bury got the nod not only because he is Australian, but also because of his time with Wally Yachts and then Bill Tripp's office, both of which are held in very high regard by Biggar, for their adherence to both the style and performance functions of a form.

Not surprisingly, the Cure Marine 55 is targeted at nine and half metric tonnes lightship (Which is sort of three times three. Boom. Boom). Now you get where this cat is going, and it will do so smartly, as well.

Cure 55 is for people who want to sail (and do so swiftly) - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 is for people who want to sail (and do so swiftly) - photo © Cure Marine

 
MPU brokerage   Cyclops 2022 November Load Pin MPU
 

For when two is one (which adds up to three, of course)

It's hard to get too excited by a mould usually, except for this one. Even incomplete it shows all the thinking going on here. A unitary platform will be extracted from the mould, with all the tanks, Diesels, furniture and so forth in the hulls, the for'ard beam and longeron (prodder) are all integral, then the deck goes on, followed by the mullions and coachhouse roof, and you're done. Three steps. Speedy. Efficient. Effective.

Best of all, it means all the gear is part of the infusion process, which means no additional taping, and it is WAY stronger!

Next you might be asking what it is going to cost you? That would be AUD2.6m, including GST. Sounds like a bargain to me. Next you're going to ask what you get as standard with your all-carbon wonder, and that would be a good time to bring in Anthony Bullman: "Naturally, it is a pretty extensive standard specification with a boat like this. We've gone through a fairly long and rigorous process of assessment and discussion with all of the guys involved here for all of the items being put into or on the Cure 55."

Did we mention accurate? This thing is millimetre perfect. Note also the large area for cockpit and main saloon, and it is only 55 feet LOA - photo © John Curnow
Did we mention accurate? This thing is millimetre perfect. Note also the large area for cockpit and main saloon, and it is only 55 feet LOA - photo © John Curnow

Bullman continues, "Quickly we came to the conclusion that we needed to put the best parts into this boat everywhere we can. So, we've gone with Hall Spars for the carbon mast, and Profurl furlers for the staysail, jib, and Code Zero."

There's also a very sexy Park Avenue boom, which is incredibly functional, and this too is very much part of the overarching ethos at Cure. "One of the key factors with the whole boat is safety. So in terms of attaching the halyard, we wanted the mainsail stack to be as low as possible, and the latest iteration of the Switch Track car system achieves this really well. So much so that we have a carbon casing under the boom to flake the mainsail into, and the cover over the top is flat. It is not only safer, it looks better, too," explained Bullman.

The Cure 55 is powered by North Sails. The final package will be close to these numbers: there's a 109m2 3Di main, with a two metre square top, and a 55m2 self-tacking jib, which might sound small, but then consider the weight - 9.5 metric tonnes lightship (13 tonne maximum displacement). Cure like to say, 'horsepower to spare', and I bet they're right.

The air draft is 25.3 metres, draft with daggerboards down is 2.41m, and up is 1.53, so that's certainly going to allow you to get close to the beach.

Cure 55 - power to spare - as they love to say - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 - power to spare - as they love to say - photo © Cure Marine

"The staysail is around 22.8m2, a code 55 is an option, and that's around 118m2, then we're running with furling gennaker at 196m2, and there is an optional masthead bag, which will be around 235m2. We're not pushing too much weight, and that's the key factor, for when you're handling sails, they're not as big."

"There is an electric winch in the cockpit for the main halyard as standard, there's also one for the mainsheet, and an additional manual one too. So you can lock that off and use the electric solely if you like. The ones for'ard of the mast are manual, but importantly, the traveller is electric, and adjustable from the helming pods, which are switchable to inboard, centre, and outboard via a foot pedal."

So ease of use seems to be a true hallmark here, and outside the only real main option is whether to go masthead or not.

Cure 55 - Look out for the newest in Express Cruising Cats - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 - Look out for the newest in Express Cruising Cats - photo © Cure Marine

B&G wind gear is standard, or you can opt for Raymarine. Dyform rigging is standard, to account for ease of servicing, and then the running rigging is Dyneema core with Technora cases for heat and wear. There are twin 57hp Yanmar saildrives with Gory three-bladed folding screws.

"These are located under the aft bunks as a way to bring weight forward and close to the centre of gravity and buoyancy. All of our tankage (800 litres of diesel and 800 litres of water) is also right down low in the hulls, and with the standard watermaker, you'll be able to stay on site much, much longer."

 
J Composites 2022 - J45 v4 MPU   TMS 2022 - BONOMI MPU
 

Light me up all day, every day

OK. So watermakers, like a lot of things on modern boats, love power and here is where one of the cross-pollination aspects from the other businesses comes into play. The LiFePO4 batteries are in the super accessible tech-pit, right near the mast bulkhead, and the big news is the Cure 55 is a 48V boat, optional single thruster and all.

Bullman explains, "We are running 240V for our induction cooktop, and oven via the inverter. This means we don't have to have any gas on board. Also, 48V creates a lot of efficiency. We can then run 48V winches, and a 48V windlass. Then there's the wiring. There is a huge difference between 12 and 48V and we save an incredible 250kg, just in the wiring alone!"

Cure 55 uses solar and an impressive battery array to keep you on station far longer, and do so without a genset! - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 uses solar and an impressive battery array to keep you on station far longer, and do so without a genset! - photo © Cure Marine

So as we have discussed along the way, efficiency is not only a key criterion at Cure, it is daily workplace mantra in design and build. Take the optional aircon as an example. "We've broken it down because of the efficiency reasons, as well. So, if you do want aircon in the starboard owner's cabin, then that would be a tick in the box for that option. And then if you want aircon in the port side aft cabin, that's another unit, as too in the saloon area, with another unit there.

"By running three smaller units it simply saves a lot of ducting and wiring etc, and it's a lot more efficient."

So what's the total prize pool, as it were? There is 13kWh of stored juice, and it is replenished from 3kW of rigid solar panels on the lid, because these just work better and last longer, as well as high output alternators on the donks. So again, the lessons learned in the Outback with Zone RV get put to good use.

It all means you can run the aircon, cook the roast, keep all the drinks on ice, have hot water showers all day, and whatever else you can dream up. No stinky, smelly genset here...

Cure 55 - a key feature will be the large cockpit and main saloon - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 - a key feature will be the large cockpit and main saloon - photo © Cure Marine

 
Hyde Sails 2022 Wuzzos - MPU   Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW MPU
 

The final frontier

So to be fast, you're going to want the hulls to be slippery, and that means low volume. It's not that there's no room to swing a cat, it is just that you need to understand your priorities. If having a huge saloon and aft deck for when your eyes are actually open means more to you than having the Honeymoon Suite at the George V, then the Cure 55 is your kind of boat. Because of her beam, and overall structure/layout, she has the cockpit of a 60+foot cat, and the saloon of an 80-foot mono.

"The space and volume we've got on this boat is sensational. I think second to none really in her size range, given she's a 55. In addition to the owner's hull to starboard, we've got an aft cabin in the port hull and up for'ard we have options there for either another double berth, a workshop, more storage, or the water office, even bunks for kids."

Cure 55 - Express Cruiser to be ready in 2023 - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 - Express Cruiser to be ready in 2023 - photo © Cure Marine

"Then in terms of storage there are the monster sail lockers up for'ard where you can do inflatable SUPs, electric bike, kite surfing, DPVs, foilboards, or whatever, as well as the lazarettes where normally the Diesels would be," said Bullman.

Internally, cold space comes in the form of a 190l refrigerator, 90l freezer, and you can have an optional bar fridge in the centre of the saloon too. Icemakers can be included, as too a diesel heater if you like to keep your drinks cold and your body warm. Essentially, you've got a sail away package that is more than cruising ready, but you can add your own versions of comfort to that.

 
Allspars December 2019 MPU   Selden 2020 - SMF - MPU
 

Randy Crawford

You know, One day I'll fly away... So here it is. Yes. You will be able to fly a hull.

Paul Bury and the team have not only worked with Cure Marine to meet the brief, they have also done all the engineering. You'll note the Cure 55 has the all-important dockside appeal, but lurking beneath that is some serious intent.

Cure 55 - Paul Bury and his team have gone for a modern aesthetic and slippery form - photo © Cure Marine
Cure 55 - Paul Bury and his team have gone for a modern aesthetic and slippery form - photo © Cure Marine

The hulls are canted in by 2.5 degrees, so that when she's heeled over she runs on her true hull form. Now you will be higher than that in heavier airs, and if you have kept her lightship, then up until you hit the rev limiter, which is the standard load cell on the shrouds, you will fly.

The car analogy is interesting here, because the imagery shows the bows canted in, as we say - which in automotive speak is negative camber. In a performance road car it might be 1.5 degrees, and a racecar more like 5 or 6 degrees. Great for cornering. Not so good for tyre wear. Anyway, I love this aspect if for nothing else than it shows utter intent, and looks both muscular and menacing all at the same time.

Bring it on, huh! The fine entries, slightly reverse bows, and crash bulkheads don't really have a chance for airtime against the in-your-face stance. Q.E.D.

Got you thinking? Should have by now. 2023 is going to be a big year for Cure Marine. There is a distinct chance the first three will make it out by next Christmas. If you can be in the area, then book a time have a look for yourself, and if you cannot get to Coolum Beach, then check out www.curemarine.com.au or simply download the PDF of the full specification and options.

As for me, I know I'll be back, if only to see if I can be there for the white flash and become part of the digital frontier.

The new factory, purpose built for the job, will include a complete experience centre, as well as manufacturing - photo © Rhad Leonardi (www.rhadleonardi.com.au)
The new factory, purpose built for the job, will include a complete experience centre, as well as manufacturing - photo © Rhad Leonardi / rhadleonardi.com.au

OK. We have stories, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please use the search window at the top of the home page if you are after something specific, as only the latest news appears on the website as you scroll down. We enjoy bringing you the best stories from all over the globe.

If you want to see what is happening in the other Hemisphere, go to the top of the SailWorldCruising home page and the drag down menu on the right, select the other half of the globe and, voila, it's all there for you. Also, we have just had a significant upgrade to our systems, and trainspotters will have seen that the menu bar now includes editorial which collects the latest from our team and also lets you see what each member has been up to of late.

Finally, stay safe, and let's see where it all goes now.

John Curnow
Editor, Sail World AUS

 
Henri-Lloyd 2022 November - Gore-Tex - SW MPU   Pantaenius 2022 - SAIL & POWER 1 MPU ROW
 


Life on the ocean waves for the crews of ARC 2022
Following the emotional departure of the ARC fleet from Las Palmas Marina over a week ago to a cacophony of music, horns and farewell cheers, the crews of ARC 2022 have been embracing the sounds of the ocean as they munch down the miles to Rodney Bay

Leading lifesaving equipment from Ocean Safety on display at boot Dusseldorf 2023
Ocean Safety will be shining a spotlight on marine safety and showcasing an extensive selection of its innovative lifesaving equipment at boot Dusseldorf, 21-29 January 2023.

Icom MA-510TR Class B AIS Solution for your Commercial Maritime Tenders
Are you a commercial maritime operator who wants to equip your tender fleet with an effective Class B AIS transponder... but the stumbling block has always been assigning unique MMSI numbers?

 
Stoneways Marine 2021 - MPU   Marskeel 2019 600x500
 
Video Interview: Seldén's electronically driven sail handling products
Swedish mast and deck hardware manufacturer, Seldén Mast has expanded its range of electronically driven sail handling products with the launch of the CXe45 two-speed electric Code 0 furler. We spoke to Seldén's Mats-Uno Fredrikson to find out more.

ARC+: Final destination - The Spice Island of the Caribbean, Grenada
The ARC+ fleet is in the second half of their transatlantic adventure, having left Mindelo in the Cape Verde islands just less than 10 days ago.

Henri-Lloyd GORE-TEX® Sale
Henri-Lloyd's range of Waterproof, Windproof and Breathable GORE-TEX® sailing products have been designed and built to keep you dry and protected through the harshest of conditions. Shop now and enjoy an additional 20% off all GORE-TEX® products.

 
North Sails 2021 Innovation - MPU   GJW Direct - Yacht 2019 - 600x500
 
New Lines Added | Henri-Lloyd Outlet
Shop now and receive an extra 20% off in the Henri-Lloyd outlet.

Florida extends deadline for Hurricane Ian derelict-vessel salvage help
Acknowledging the significant challenge facing many recreational boat owners who are unable to pay salvage costs for their Hurricane Ian- wrecked vessels, the FWC extended its Hurricane Ian waiver program through the end of 2022.

Make Trinidad and Tobago Your Next Stop
Trinidad and Tobago ideally caters to all yachting needs within a convenient one-mile radius.

 
Crewsaver Ergofit MPU   RYA Membership - Personal 2017
 
Interview with Ocean Safety's Alistair Hackett at METSTRADE 2022
Ocean Safety's Managing Director Alistair Hackett, discusses marine safety and innovative lifesaving equipment at METS 2022 with Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com Managing Editor Mark Jardine.

METSTRADE 2022 interview with Yanmar's Igor van de Burgt and Bas Eerden
We spoke to Yanmar's Igor van de Burgt, Application Engineer, Engineering and Development, and Bas Eerden, Global Sales Manager, about the development of e-saildrive, scheduled for launch in 2024.

Everything you Need to Know About the LRC (Long Range Certificate) Marine Qualification
Most mariners will be aware of the standard SRC (Short Range Certificate) course which is mandatory should you want to use a Marine VHF radio at sea. Many people may not be aware of a more intensive and longer course... the LRC (Long Range Certificate).

Introducing the new Xc 47
'Probably the best cruiser we have ever built.' Strong words from a yard that has produced more than 6,500 yachts over the last 43 years and is considered one of the finest brands in the world.

Classic trades make for a lively start to the ARC 2022
It was an exciting start to the 37th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) today, Sunday 20 November, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as a north easterly swell gave the boats a rolling send off.

The Italian Sea Group: Jasali II is the first Perini Navi to be refitted at the Viareggio site
The Italian Sea Group hosted the territory's leading authorities at a cocktail party celebrating both the first Perini Navi refit at the Viareggio headquarters and the restart of all production activities at the site.

Yachts may now clear in directly in Tobago
Port Officer Jesse James has informed the OCC that Tobago welcomes back direct berthing of yachts after the pandemic pause. No longer do cruisers have to sail to Trinidad first.

Living the travel-by-water lifestyle - Two adventure filmmakers travel the seas on their Beneteau
As the trend of working remotely continues, more and more people are evolving Working From Home (WFH) into Working From Boat (WFB). For some, WFB is done intermittently, alternating living and working onshore with occasional cruises on their boat.

Interview with Cyclops Marine CTO Ed Colby at METSTRADE 2022
We spoke to Ed Colby of Cyclops Marine during METSTRADE 2022 about the latest innovations that they have made, including the world's first Wireless Load Pin for Sailing Yachts, which was nominated for a DAME Design Award.

Athos + Huisfit: A major step closer to perfection
The magnificent schooner Athos has been extensively converted - outside and inside - updated and optimized by Huisfit in Amsterdam. It would be hard to improve on the immaculate modern classic that has resulted.

Eco-friendly tips to provision your boat
We recently launched our Green Boating video series, which highlight our best practices for ocean-friendly boating!

Rigging Essentials for Smooth Sailing - an evening presentation in Vancouver
Steve, owner of Steve White Rigging, shares years of experience in this evening presentation. He will cover preparing your vessel for leaving, maintenance and repairs.

The YYachts Y9 brings immeasurable joy to its owner
Our Y9 is a balanced combination of speed, reliability and comfort - ideal for an owner seeking a world cruising boat that will be fast in the fun regattas that have ascended in the last decade.

The new Bavaria C46: the new sailing yacht of 2023
With the new Bavaria C46, Bavaria Yachts announce an impressive addition to their C-Line sailing yachts for 2023. With the Bavaria C38 and C42 already delighting their customers today, Bavaria Yachts is presenting the next evolution.

Cantiere del Pardo releases first shots of Grand Soleil 72
Cantiere del Pardo is thrilled to share with the public the first official shots of the brand-new Grand Soleil 72, flagship of the Grand Soleil fleet.

Hyde Sails 2022 Wuzzos - FOOTER

Noble Marine 2022 SW - FOOTER

This email was sent to the.recipients@email.address by YY Online Services Ltd.
Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2PW
Registered in England No. 7895890

Our records show that you signed up to receive news from us on 1 January 2000

Please do not reply to this message as this address cannot receive replies.

You can unsubscribe at any time or email us here if you encounter any difficulties
North Sails Performance 2023 - FOOTERJ Composites J/99Selden 2020 - FOOTER