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Old 02-11-2019, 09:06 AM
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Saw this cat mold or plug going down the road in Charleston. I assume this is the new TAG cat, but wondering if it is a mold or a plug. Iím not well-versed in boat building processes.



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Old 02-11-2019, 09:11 AM
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looks to be a mold with the pipework reinforcement and casters on bottom
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Look at that flair!!!!! Looks like a CAROLINA BOAT
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That is a MOLD. The piping is for structure to stabilize the mold. The orange is TOOLING GELCOAT. You wax it, spray paint gel coat, layer it up etc. Then pull the hull....
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Originally Posted by avalonandl View Post
That is a MOLD. The piping is for structure to stabilize the mold. The orange is TOOLING GELCOAT. You wax it, spray paint gel coat, layer it up etc. Then pull the hull....
makes sense. I wasnít sure if piping was a cradle of sorts for transport.

I have another pic from more of side side I tried to upload but my phone and uploading pics donít always agree. Will try when I get back to my office
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a plug is the "male" form which is used to create the female Mold. The hull will be created from the outside (gel coat) inwards inside that female mold..
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The other pic...



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The plug could have used a good bit more long-boarding and fairing before they made the mold.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
The plug could have used a good bit more long-boarding and fairing before they made the mold.
maybe someone is in a big hurry to get a hull pulled
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How can you see how fair the surface is in these pix?
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Originally Posted by svu View Post
How can you see how fair the surface is in these pix?
I didn't even know what I was looking at...lol
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Looks like shadow or reflection to me... but I dont know crap about building boats either!
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Originally Posted by knot yo business View Post
Looks like shadow or reflection to me... but I dont know crap about building boats either!
The reflection makes it look wavy, I highly doubt it actually is, that would completely defeat the purpose of a female mold. You want it to be as close to perfect as possible so there is minimal and ideally no finish work needed on the outside of the hull once it is removed from the mold.
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From here that doesn't look particularly complementary

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Starboard side looks worse than port, neither look great but I'm no mold expert by any means!

Edited after I saw Gerald's blow up. That's got to be a wet windshield distortion or something, no one would make a mold that bad would they?
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This has the potential to be a good looking boat
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Originally Posted by bills106 View Post
Starboard side looks worse than port, neither look great but I'm no mold expert by any means!

Edited after I saw Gerald's blow up. That's got to be a wet windshield distortion or something, no one would make a mold that bad would they?
that's my thinking.
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I was thinking a Chinese (or Mexican ) splash but this probably isn't the time or place...
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poking around on the book of faces...I can see how the mold works now...lol.



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Originally Posted by commuter boats View Post
From here that doesn't look particularly complementary

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Yes that looks bad. Comments from guys working underdecks on this hull are also very negative but who knows for sure.
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