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Old 02-08-2010, 03:35 AM   #21 (permalink)
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What most builders don't realize is that aramid, carbon fiber, and other high end fabrics are relatively useless unless set in epoxy resin. You can use these materials in vinyl ester or polyester, but you really are not gaining anything but cost. Claims of boat weights are 99% wrong from manufacturers. If a builder has a scale at his shop and can show you what the boat weighs before you buy it, then you may know. The same holds true for draft. Show me a standard build hull next to a custom carbon or kevlar hull in the water with the same rigging and compare the drafts. I also remember reading the Chittum skiffs "glass parts" weigh 400Lbs, not the completed hull minus engine. Boat buyers should keep these things in mind when shopping and asking questions.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:20 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I do believe the epoxy built skiff from Chittum is 400 lbs . That includes hull,deck,liner,console,livewells,hatches,fuel cell, all bonded but not rigged and no motor. Contact GSAW for verification
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:30 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Hey gang,
I'm happy to report the marine market, which somehow seems always to be last place for new materials has a new choice besides the common e-glass, kevlar, carbon etc.
News & Events :

We've been panel testing and putting it in select skiffs now for almost a year and will be offering it either with kev/carbon or by itself as a stiffer,lighter material at a third the cost of the common aramid's...
High-tech doesn't have to be expensive and I was told some fishing rod companies are also gearing up for this material. Best of all it's made from recycled material so it has that "go green" effect as well. I'm hoping other builders are gonna try it as it's being used in the defense, aero, and auto market.
East Cape first to use Innegra | East Cape Skiffs
We also teamed up with to build a 75lb. Carbon/Innegra Gladesmen! Pics will be coming soon.

Note for the builders that lurk the site: Give this stuff a try and it can only be used via vacuum/closed molding. It works very well with VE Resin & Epoxy

Tight Lines!
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