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Old 12-08-2018, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ziess21 View Post
Any concerns about durability/repairability down the line? Carbon doesn't have the best abrasion resistance and does funky things when abraded.
Good question! Yes, the Carbon material does not cut well, we did a layer of matted material behind the gelcoat which makes it “repairable”.

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Old 12-08-2018, 02:05 PM
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Being that this boat is getting an F300, and I personally think a 250 SHO is a better all around match, I'm gonna say 70. Hell, I'm pretty sure Rick Murphy's 23HPS is running 66 or 67 with a 250 SHO and that boat doesn't have the weight savings this one does. His is just setup light when it comes to batteries and trolling motor, plus no t-top.
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Old 12-08-2018, 02:24 PM
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What material did you use for the matting? I'm looking at building a one off duck hunting boat and building it nearly the same way you guys have with this one.
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Can’t wait to see how this one comes out, I’m guessing 71-72
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Originally Posted by teamchasintail View Post
I’m excited to see the results Skip. The 2300 is definitely on my list when it comes time to upgrade.
Hopefully this goes well and the 2500 gets the carbon treatment next ��
X2! Definitely looking forward to this Especially with the 300 XCA on the stern!
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by slyshon View Post


The Carbon materials and the Resin used in this are really expensive, much more than a standard lay up. We are working on costs now, if this all works out we might make this an option on some models like the Maverick skiffs and the step hull Pathfinders? Not for everyone as the Carbon alone is more than 5x more than standard glass.

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So the carbon material is 5X more, what about labor? I assume labor is a large percent of total cost. If this process could be optimized cost wise some of the large CC's with trip and quad engines may be able to run with one engine less, saving in engine costs and fuel costs long term.

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Old 12-09-2018, 06:06 AM
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What type of resin are you using to infuse the carbon and bond with the gelcoat?
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Originally Posted by Parker Yacht View Post
What type of resin are you using to infuse the carbon and bond with the gelcoat?
To be honest I don’t know and will have to ask. I know we ordered it in special for this build. We have 2 types of bulk resin on site, one for close molded and another type for open layup, this resin was brought in for this build only.

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Old 12-10-2018, 08:24 AM
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Great photos. Your structure looks like you could go head to head with a tank.
You may soon find out that the ride of two boats from the same mold can feel remarkably different when each is made from different materials.
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Originally Posted by Parker Yacht View Post
What type of resin are you using to infuse the carbon and bond with the gelcoat?
Got the answer although it means nothing to me, we are using a new type of resin on this build, it is a Urethane Acralite resin.

Stay tuned, should have the Console and the Hardtop fiberglass completed soon.

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Originally Posted by slyshon View Post
Got the answer although it means nothing to me, we are using a new type of resin on this build, it is a Urethane Acralite resin.

Stay tuned, should have the Console and the Hardtop fiberglass completed soon.

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Hmmm, means the same to me, nuttin.
Was just curious as to how, I know Carbon likes epoxy and Gelcoat is not epoxy, so was curious how you got the two to work together.
Will do some research and thank you for inquiring, (minds want to know).
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Making progress... Work continues on the hull and deck while the console and the console footrest insert are out of the molds. You can see the clear gelcoat on the footrest insert, the console face is being built with clear as well.

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Something about this is screaming 400R Carbon Edition.
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Old 12-11-2018, 01:27 PM
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Seriously. I’d go 400R and also clear gel coat on the whole thing so the fiber showed through.
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Originally Posted by chrisguga View Post
Seriously. I’d go 400R and also clear gel coat on the whole thing so the fiber showed through.
Ok, you sit your behind on it then.
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Originally Posted by linesider 159 View Post
Sign me up. Im no stranger to making a pathy fly
I was talking about the clear coated carbon.
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
I was talking about the clear coated carbon.
Got it! Id like to see clear gel on the hull sides if that is even possible. Would look pretty cool
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Clear gel hull, with a 400r would be so sick. I think the only thing that would make it faster is a padded and blue printed bottom. I would love a ride on one.

We had a race boat at my marina for a few months, it had a carbon/Kevlar layup, clear gel running surface, it looked bad a$$
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Originally Posted by slyshon View Post
Got the answer although it means nothing to me, we are using a new type of resin on this build, it is a Urethane Acralite resin.

Stay tuned, should have the Console and the Hardtop fiberglass completed soon.

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UA’s (Urethane Acrylate) are a class of specialty resin which bond extremely well with carbon and specialty fabrics transferring toughness to the laminate schedule. These resins are compatible with polyester and vinyl ester systems (gel coat, adhesive, topcoat, etc.) and removing the secondary bonding issues you will always encounter using epoxy systems.
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Boat should def get a merc 400 or the new 300r. If your building a hull for performance put a motor on it to match. You are possibly missing out on 10mph not going with a merc!
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