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Old 07-30-2020, 03:56 PM
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I have decided to share the build process on my 36 Front Runner, hull number 3. A little bit of background, I was very very happy with my Onslow Bay 33, never thought I wold sell it so when the opportunity to get into one of the first 36 FrontRunners presented itself it was not slam dunk decision. After discussing it with my wife and watching the build process on the 39 FrontRunners I decided to sell my Onslow and dive in to another build. Mark and Phil at FrontRunner are stellar, they have treated me like family and are always very accommodating when I vist. I visit alot.

Specs are here
https://frontrunnerboats.com/36-center-console/

Boat will be Navy Blue bottom and White sides

This is their first vacuum bagged infused boat

She was born this morning, it has been a long wait.

Enjoy the pics, happy to answer any questions

More info and pricing:
Juan Diaz
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Looks awesome. Glad to see more custom builders offering these size boats. Hopefully they cheaper than the more well known boats.
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
Looks awesome. Glad to see more custom builders offering these size boats. Hopefully they cheaper than the more well known boats.
How are they compared to Onslow Bay?
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Originally Posted by burtonboards32 View Post
How are they compared to Onslow Bay?
Not really an apples to apples comparison with the 33OB. This is a bigger boat with more options plus the OB was ordered in 2017, prices have gone up. Call Mark or Juan Diaz at FR if you have interest in pricing one out.

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Are they going to vacuum bagged resin infusion on all the builds?
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Originally Posted by Lazy Bones View Post
Are they going to vacuum bagged resin infusion on all the builds?
I believe they are headed in that direction
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Subd.... I love these boats!
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Congrats on the build! I will be following this for sure. What power are you going with?
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Congrats on the build! I will be following this for sure. What power are you going with?
Thanks, I went with triple V8 300hp Verados. She holds 460 gallons.
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Dang that’s an aggressive deep V!
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Triple 300 V8's should give excellent performance and economy and with that 460 gallons give you some excellent range. We just made a couple of longer runs in my Onslow, 115 mi and 140 mi one way and with a painted bottom and canyon load getting 1.15 to 1.25 mpg. Having a little more in the tank would be nice but we will likely do a bladder to give us that comfort when going far.
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Originally Posted by z3axv View Post
I have decided to share the build process on my 36 Front Runner, hull number 3. A little bit of background, I was very very happy with my Onslow Bay 33, never thought I wold sell it so when the opportunity to get into one of the first 36 FrontRunners presented itself it was not slam dunk decision. After discussing it with my wife and watching the build process on the 39 FrontRunners I decided to sell my Onslow and dive in to another build. Mark and Phil at FrontRunner are stellar, they have treated me like family and are always very accommodating when I vist. I visit alot.

Specs are here
https://frontrunnerboats.com/36-center-console/

Boat will be Navy Blue bottom and White sides

This is their first vacuum bagged infused boat

She was born this morning, it has been a long wait.

Enjoy the pics, happy to answer any questions

More info and pricing:
Juan Diaz
Juan@frontrunnerboats.com
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Is this the same Juan Diaz that used to work for See Vee and Sea Hunter?
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Nice. What’s the advantage of vacuum bagging?
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Originally Posted by Reelassets2 View Post
Nice. What’s the advantage of vacuum bagging?
There are others on THT who can better answer the question, from what I know there's a better resin to glass ratio resulting in a lighter and stronger hull.
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Following this thread with interest!
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Its vacuum infusion. Vac bagging is used on a hand lay up and sucks out excess resin into a breather material.
hand lay up gives about. 70 pct resin
Vac bag about 50 pct
Infusion 30 to 40 pct.
Resin imparts no real strength to a laminate.
The infusion process allows them to place and adjust the reinforcing fabrics dry without rushing .it also reduces fumes in the work area. They are probably using a vinylester resin.epoxy is mainly used in high end race boats
It saves labor .that hull probably took an hour or two to infuse. Nice to see more manufacturers using it.
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Originally Posted by Carpediem2015 View Post
Is this the same Juan Diaz that used to work for See Vee and Sea Hunter?
it’s the same guy
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Originally Posted by svu View Post
Its vacuum infusion. Vac bagging is used on a hand lay up and sucks out excess resin into a breather material.
hand lay up gives about. 70 pct resin
Vac bag about 50 pct
Infusion 30 to 40 pct.
Resin imparts no real strength to a laminate.
The infusion process allows them to place and adjust the reinforcing fabrics dry without rushing .it also reduces fumes in the work area. They are probably using a vinylester resin.epoxy is mainly used in high end race boats
It saves labor .that hull probably took an hour or two to infuse. Nice to see more manufacturers using it.
Hull took 50 minutes to infuse and yes they use vinylester resin. Thanks for your insight.
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Looking forward to see performance numbers with the V8 300s. I have a 36 with the same engines on order!

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