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Xquisite Africa acquires southern Hemisphere’s largest five-axis CNC milling machine – a game-changer

A starburst of European technology will arrive in SA later this year in the form of Africa’s first large five axis CNC machine, due to be installed at a brand new facility outside Cape Town in July.

Say goodbye to plugs and moulds; say hello to a 20m x 5m x 3m monster machine that has a volume of 300 000 litres – equal to ten midsized swimming pools. The technology has been available in Europe for about two years but has yet to be installed south of the Sahara.

Clinton Johns, spokesperson for Xquisite Africa (a joint venture between Xquisite Yachts International and Johns), told SABBEX the machine would have immediate application to his company Phoenix Marine Manufacturing which is due to start tooling up with a 60′ performance sail catamaran and thereafter a 60′ luxury power cat. Phoenix Marine already produces the successful Xquisite luxury X5 50′ catamaran at its Atlantis facility.

“It’s a complete and absolute game-changer”

– Johns said.

Need a Yacht? Just Push a Button... “The machine has already started being fabricated in Italy. Imagine designing a full 42 catamaran consisting of 90 moulds including the deck and hull and all the internal components in a CAD program and being able to mill them to less than 1mm accuracy in 1/3 the time.

“This changes the industry’s whole way of tooling and the number of man-hours it takes to build a boat mould and plug.”

Smaller CNC machines are widely in use but the new Mega 5 axis variety is a huge step forward in both scale and innovation. Johns said the new five axis would dramatically reduce boatbuilding production time from currently about 24 months to about 8 months in exceptional cases.

Johns said: “You don’t have to have wooden stations, you don’t need plugs – the machine does everything.”

The machine, dubbed Shawu (largest Elephant in recent history with largest tusks), will be able to do both milling and 3D printing. The 3D head installed on the machine allows it to make some of the largest 3D printed objects in the world. The 3D head can ‘print’ thermoset resins, foam, plastics, cement, and even recycled plastics.

Said Johns: “This option gives a totally different dynamic to the current thinking of manufacturing any large components.”

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The new CNC facility on a 42000 m² erf will be based within the fringes of Cape Town and only 20km from the city centre. It will be a full custom factory to allow other boatyards or industries to take advantage of both the 5 axix milling or the mould-making facility adjacent to it. Some ‘hot desking’ and ‘pay as you go conference facilities’ for CAD/CAM designers will be available on the facility for jobs requiring intense 24/7 work.

Johns expects the machine to have immediate application far beyond boatbuilding, such as in the renewable energy sector where South Africa is already manufacturing wind turbine components. Target markets include yacht building, filmmaking, aerospace, road transport, automotive (electric vehicles), wind turbines, and sculpture.

“In fact anything you can imagine in Solidworks/Rhino/Blender or any other 3D program/Gaming Engine – this machine will be able to mill or 3D print” – Johns said.

Johns, with 35 years of plastic industry experience as owner of Duroplastic, said the cost of milling could be significantly reduced as many of the finishing and tooling materials such as the tooling board, tooling paste – Easyshape, hi-build Sprayshape putties and Gloskote that are traditionally imported had been in the Duroplastic stable for decades.

He said access to the technology would help local manufacturers compete in the global marketplace.

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The 10th X5 Sail Yacht has launched – celebrate with us in Annapolis

The 10th X5 Sail Yacht has launched – celebrate with us in Annapolis

The launch of hull #10 of the X5 Sail fleet flagship is for all of us a reason for great pride. The multi-award-winning X5 became the innovation leader in its class with a future-proof, strong foothold among luxury catamarans.

The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town

  • The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town

  • The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town

  • The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town

  • The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town

  • The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town

  • The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town

  • The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town

  • The tenth X5 Sail leaving the shipyard in Cape Town


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Video tour of the Phoenix Marine factory, the birthplace of the Xquisite X5

Check out the video tour of the Phoenix Marine factory,
the birthplace of the multi-award-winning Xquisite X5!

Craig

Enormous thanks to Craig and Janice for this video tour. Please visit their channel for more Cruising Off Duty.

Craig: ‘I was really impressed with all the attention to detail and level of quality put into Xquisite X5 at every stage that allows this boat to adhere to the high ISO 9001 standards.’

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X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory & launched

X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory & launched

On this foggy morning we launched hull #009, an Xquisite X5 with

quite some customization for the owners request

Check out the targa extension for the additional solar panels (1,8KW total),
the Coppercoat antifouling and the OC tender on the davits!

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ leaving the factory

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ launched

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ launched

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ launched

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ launched

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ launched

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ Test Sail

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ Test Sail

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ Test Sail

  • X5-009 ‘Firefly’ Test Sail

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Amazing success in Miami!!

Amazing success in Miami!!

We just finished the Open Boat Week in Miami, with incredible success!

Three new catamarans have sold thanks to our fortunate future X5 owners.
Hull #008, #015 and #018 sold!

Hull #010 is the LAST multi-award X5 for sale in 2019!

Check our production schedule and availability and reserve yours before they are all gone!

  • X5 Sail Exterior

  • X5 Sail Exterior

  • X5 Sail Interior

2019

  • X5-008 – January 2019 – SOLD
  • X5-009 – April 2019 – SOLD
  • X5-010 – July 2019 – AVAILABLE
  • X5-011 – October 2019 – SOLD

2020

  • X5-012 – February 2020 – AVAILABLE
  • X5-014 – May 2020 – AVAILABLE
  • X5-015 – August 2020 – SOLD
  • X5-016 – November 2020 – SOLD

2021

  • X5-017 – February 2021 – SOLD
  • X5-018 – May 2021 – SOLD
  • X5-019 – August 2021 – AVAILABLE
  • X5-020 – November 2021 – AVAILABLE

Our South African partner, Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast with four Xquisite X5
in different stages of production at the same time.

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast

  • Phoenix Marine Manufacturing is in full blast


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Xqusite Yachts launching a new Power Cat in Miami

Xqusite Yachts launching a new Power Cat in Miami

Xquisite / Phoenix yachts in expansion mode with a new model

A new South African power catamaran will debut at this month’s Miami Boat Show courtesy of Phoenix Marine / Xquisite Yachts.

The 17m Xquisite 56 Power Cat built as the ultimate luxury cruising catamaran, designed by Rudolf Jonker and expected to be in production later this year with a first hull expected early next year. It comes on the back of another Jonker design, the award-winning X5 luxury 50’ cat which is already keeping the shipyard busy with a ramped up production of five boats a year.

Xquisite chief executive Tamas Hamor said the name of the new model would only be revealed at the Miami show.

“This exciting new model from Xquisite Yachts / Phoenix Marine is a thoroughbred power catamaran designed from scratch as a power yacht, not just a sailing boat without a mast,”

“This new model will be the ultimate luxury cruising catamaran for couples and families who want to explore our oceans under power, rather than sailing.”

“She will be capable of speeds over 20 knots, while still offers very reasonable fuel consumption and long range at an ‘eco-cruising speed’ of around 9 knots,”

said Tamas Hamor, CEO, Xquisite Yachts.
  • New Power Cat in Miami

  • New Power Cat in Miami

  • New Power Cat in Miami

  • New Power Cat in Miami

  • New Power Cat in Miami

  • New Power Cat in Miami

New features include:

  • Dynamic positioning system
  • Joystick docking
  • Opening front windshield
  • Digital switching system
  • iPad based maintenance software
  • Hydraulic aft platform
  • Custom carbon fiber dinghy

Phoenix Marine started production five years ago at its Atlantis facility which recently expanded to about 6500m². The company currently employs about 75 staff but will look to extend further with the addition of the new power cat. Boats are marketed on an exclusive basis by Miami-based Xquisite Yachts.

Last year Tamas told IBI news that Phoenix was well placed to benefit from high demand coming from the US. Buyers were particularly interested in larger models, Tamas said.


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Xquisite Yachts X5-008 gets ready to sail

Xquisite Yachts X5-008 gets ready to sail

X5-008 is still available

Launching, commissioning, sea trials and our rigorous final quality control process to follow before she will be delivered to the USA.

X5-008 and X5-010 are still available (but not for long)

  • X5 008 is Leaving the Factory

  • X5 008 is Leaving the Factory

  • X5 008 is Leaving the Factory

  • X5 008 is Leaving the Factory

  • X5 008 is Leaving the Factory

  • X5 008 is Leaving the Factory

  • X5 008 is Leaving the Factory

  • X5 008 is Leaving the Factory

    X5 008 is Leaving the Factory


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X5 Sail – production update 2018

X5 Sail – production update 2018

The end of the year is close, and we’re busier than ever

With four new Xquisite X5 in production in parallel at the Phoenix Marine yard!

SOLD

X5-007

Launched and showcased at the Cape Town International Boat Show.
Currently going through sea trials: our rigorous final quality control process.

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For SALE

X5-008

31st week of production: at the final assembly stage.
Will be launched in a few weeks!

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SOLD

X5-009

17th week of production: at the end of the primary assembly stage.
Will be launched in April next year.

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For SALE

X5-010

9th week of production: getting laminated in the molds.
Will be launched in July next year.

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X5 007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

  • X5-007

X5 008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

  • X5-008

X5 009

  • X5-009

  • X5-009

  • X5-009

  • X5-009

  • X5-009

  • X5-009

  • X5-009

  • X5-009

  • X5-009

X5 010

  • X5-010

  • X5-010

  • X5-010

  • X5-010


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Guided tour of Xquisite X5 – Video

SABBEX was at the right place and time in June for a
guided tour of the Xquisite X5 courtesy of the design and production team.

Climb aboard for a virtual tour

and listen to what Xquisite Yachts chief executive Tamas Hamor had to say about ‘their baby’.
X5 is the latest hull from Phoenix Marine’s Atlantis facility which expects to increase production in the next financial year.

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The Xquisite X5 manufacturer – Phoenix Marine – moved to a New State of the Art Production Facility

The Xquisite X5 manufacturer – Phoenix Marine – moved to a New State of the Art Production Facility

Our partner in South Africa, Phoenix Marine Manufacturing, the builder of the Xquisite X5 has moved to a new and much larger production facility. This new state of the art factory allows us to streamline the production and have three boats under construction at all times in different stages on the production line, this way

launching a new Xquisite X5 every 3 months, a total of four boats each year

The second bay in this new factory shortly will become as busy as the first one, as tooling for our next model,
the XQUISITE POWER catamaran will start soon.

  • A new Xquisite X5 launching every 3 months

  • A new Xquisite X5 launching every 3 months

  • A new Xquisite X5 launching every 3 months

  • A new Xquisite X5 launching every 3 months

  • A new Xquisite X5 launching every 3 months

  • A new Xquisite X5 launching every 3 months

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