Custom built 42
Overview “Less fat, more speed” was the ethos taken when designing and building KUKA LIGHT.
This is a special machine, crafted by a very talented and passionate team, with a pure focus on creating a boat that delivers performance and enjoyment in equal measures.
The boat was designed to be the fastest 40 footer in the world and excel on offshore races with a small crew.
“High spec” is an understatement with this boat and for those looking to go places fast on a very stable and manageable platform, this one is for you!
Kuka Light was built to be the fastest boat ever built in it’s class (40-42 feet) for offshore races.
The full-carbon autoclave built yacht is designed and engineered to be raced in long distance races by a small crew of 6.
The super light boat (3.4 tons displacement) has demonstrated to be as fast as the best 50 and 60 footer in races like Giraglia and Middle Sea Race.
Equipped with a canting keel and a rotating mast, Kuka-Light has been constantly developed during the last few years and has highlighted her pedigree under ORC.
The boat has been professionally maintained and serviced throughout the years.
Every year the carbon fin and the structural parts of boat and mast have been checked by QI-Composite with ultra sound testing.
All hardware of the boat has been checked and replaced during every winter.
Length – 12.80 mt (with bowsprit 15.00 mt)
Width – 4.60 mt
Draft – 3.50 mt
Displacement – 3.400 kg
Designer – Schickler/Tagliapietra Yacht Design
Builder – Marstrom Composite/ Soleri boatyard
Built year – 2012
Hull type – Carbon composite
Keel – full carbon fin with lead bulb.
Canted with single ram with electric pump (Cariboni)
CE-certificate CIN SCSSMK42E213
The interior of the yacht is fully stripped out with a typical race boat, minimalist layout.
6 bunks (3 each side) are installed, with a simple galley and WC arrangement.
The boat is very open plan with no full bulkheads between companionway and bow, allowing for a big open space to move around in.
The cockpit area was designed with reduced crew numbers in mind and all sail handling and trimming can be controlled without going forward of the mast.
The huge beam ensures a very large working space in the cockpit, but with some protection for the crew in the form of a dog house.
Since launching the boat has been consistently upgraded and tweaked with simply blistering results.
No doubt this boat will thrive under distance racing, particularly those races geared towards reaching and downwind conditions.
Engine: Lombardi LDW1003 M TMC 60 A 30 HP
Propeller system two blade propeller, fully retractable into carbon casing.
Fuel capacity 60 lt Diesel.
Throttle control in cockpit.
Twin rudder steering with single central tiler arm.
Fully integrated kick up rudder system (180deg)
Solid carbon keel fin, with canting Cariboni system.
1000 kg bulb on 3.5m fin.
Twin retractable dagger board system.
Canting keel fin safety systems installed.
ISAF CAT 3 compliant.
Bilge and manual pumps to match category A CE regs
Life raft and life jackets.
Emergency steering tiller arm