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Old 12-05-2018, 12:43 PM
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Default Fully Infused Carbon Pathfinder 2300HPS

Thought many of you might be interested in seeing this. MBG has been infusing (VARIS) our Maverick line of skiffs for over 20 years and have been doing the same with the stepped hull Pathfinder models for the past few years. This is a fully infused Carbon boat; hull, deck, boxes, lids, etc... all Carbon. We started off doing a few test panels with clear gelcoat:


Test panels came out great, the weight savings could be huge, check out the 1 finger storage box lift:

We have now moved onto the hull and deck with fully cored Carbon Fiber Laminate:





We will be rigging this boat with a Yamaha F300XCA and all the latest Simrad gear along with a few other surprises. The standard VARIS laminate on this boat is fast, this should be really fast! Not sure we will offer this as a future option, we shall see? Stay tuned here as we will be updating this thread as this project comes together.

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Very cool. I look foward to seeing the performance differences. Any issues with gelcoat appearance? I assume you are still having to use a traditional skin coat?
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Very cool. I look foward to seeing the performance differences. Any issues with gelcoat appearance? I assume you are still having to use a traditional skin coat?
Using a new Gelcoat so far so good, using a clear cote on some of the parts. Not so traditional skin coat, all hand laid mat.

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That's awesome, can't wait to see the end result.
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Hope you can get it done without any print thru of the mat.
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Wow this is amazing. Any idea on mph gains and would you potentially bring it to other boats in the lineup.
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Is there any advantage to making a boat lighter other than speed, fuel efficiency and maybe a little better draft? In my personal experience lighter is not necessarily better ride wise. I have no experience with these boats so I'm not popoing on the project, I'm just curious.
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:52 AM
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Under the watchful eyes of the best Lamination/ Infusion folks in the industry we infused the hull late yesterday. Hull and deck should be de-molded later today, stay tuned...

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Originally Posted by fish772 View Post
Is there any advantage to making a boat lighter other than speed, fuel efficiency and maybe a little better draft? In my personal experience lighter is not necessarily better ride wise. I have no experience with these boats so I'm not popoing on the project, I'm just curious.
Good question! In this case, our Pathfinder 2300HPS is popular among the Redfish tournament anglers and many Guides who are always looking for more speed and less draft. I agree that less weight is not always a positive, in this case it will be as many of the new outboard engines are not producing the HP they used to. We are very curious as to just how much weight will be lost in this process.

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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 ��
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Looking sweet Skip! As a multiple Hewes and Pathfinder owner how much lighter and stronger do you think this will be than your Kevlar hulls? I know one of your skiff competitors offers the carbon fiber hulls and they seem to be quite successful!! Good luck!
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Originally Posted by slyshon View Post
Good question! In this case, our Pathfinder 2300HPS is popular among the Redfish tournament anglers and many Guides who are always looking for more speed and less draft. I agree that less weight is not always a positive, in this case it will be as many of the new outboard engines are not producing the HP they used to. We are very curious as to just how much weight will be lost in this process.

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What do you expect the weight difference between this one and the standard hull to be?

Also, it's pretty easy to add weight to a light hull - live wells, fuel, ice, people, etc. they all add up quick once the boat is on the water and ready to use vs. weight empty on the trailer.

Very cool build!
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Nice skip. Best of luck. I’m guessing Murphy or Paige’s boat?
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Originally Posted by HurricaneBK View Post
What do you expect the weight difference between this one and the standard hull to be?

Also, it's pretty easy to add weight to a light hull - live wells, fuel, ice, people, etc. they all add up quick once the boat is on the water and ready to use vs. weight empty on the trailer.

Very cool build!
We de-molded the deck early this morning, weight differences are staggering. Will post pictures and info later today as we should have the hull out later.

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Nice skip. Best of luck. I’m guessing Murphy or Paige’s boat?
Nope, this will be a MBG demo rig for now.

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I wish they would do their practice on the mothballed 21 MA hull. I know a guy or 2 that would buy one.
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Good luck with it Skip, The new factory is looking huge! You need a golf cart for moving around in there.
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
I wish they would do their practice on the mothballed 21 MA hull. I know a guy or 2 that would buy one.
Or get an updated fusion.. wasn't that a 21 master angler hull?

Looking forward to seeing the results and finished product!
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We demolded the deck this morning. A typical VARIS infused deck on this model averages 846lbs. as you see it here, this deck weighs 518lbs complete, a loss of 328lbs! Just might be a game changer, the hull comes out this afternoon and I will post results as soon as we have them.



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And a couple of shots of the finished hull and deck...

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