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Two recently launched yachts made the most of the versatile and easy to use Hi-Panel construction solution from SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit.
The Stimson 56 Alcedo and the Marc Deborde 78 IETA are now sailing in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively, and the project teams have reported significant advantages in their construction processes due to the use of infused composite Hi-Panels.
Having founded and managed a business fabricating swimming pools, Marc Deborde is no stranger to composites, so they were a natural choice for the build of his 78ft power catamaran. He built the boat at his own facility and used a team of relatively inexperienced builders. “We needed to find a way to build the boat that would suit the team’s skills, would enable me to manage the project budget closely, and give me reassurance of quality,” says Deborde. He chose the Hi-Panel solution particularly because of the larger sized panels SP-High Modulus was able to supply. With the maximum panel size being 9m in length, the topsides of the catamaran were built in just three pieces, so joins were kept to a minimum and structural integrity uncompromised.
“The Hi-Panel system certainly saved us time throughout the build process. The parts were clearly labelled and accurately cut at the SP-High Modulus facility in Auckland, and were extremely easy for my team to assemble, with minimal tooling and no lifting equipment required. The main structure was built in a matter of weeks.”
IETA’s hull bottom is built with 100kg structural foam, cut into strips onsite and hand laid with epoxy resin.