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ZEN50 wins Gussies 2023 Trophy in electric production boat category thanks to the support of MEL Composites

The ZEN50, designed and produced by ZEN Yachts, has been honoured with the coveted Gussies 2023 award in the Electric Production Boat category for vessels over 8 meters (26 feet). MEL Composites is proud to announce its role in the production of the ZEN50 as the main composite material supplier and infusion technical advisor.
The ZEN50, a zero-emission solar and wind-powered blue water catamaran, represents a groundbreaking leap in sustainable boating technology with advanced composites enabling the ability to sail continuously at cruising speeds of 6 to 10 knots, without requiring any fuel onboard.
MEL Composites supplied the vinylester resins, carbon fibres and Corecell foam for the 50’ (15.7m) catamaran. MEL & ZEN teams worked alongside to define the critical details for the build, including mechanical testing of sample laminates, and specifying the bespoke CNC cut core kits and process set-up for infusion.