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Boat 2 and Mold Modifications

Sabot #2 is out of the mold. We have modified the mid-thwart mold and have laid-up the next boat’s mid & bow thwarts. Now looking at making mold modifications for the hull to fair the skeg – this could take a while!

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Posted in Sabot Building Updates


Vacuum Bagging and Infusion

With the fibreglass and foam laid-up, we start preparing for the vacuum and infusion. Below we attached channel medium to peel-ply to keep it from sticking to the top layer of fibreglass in the boat.

Here the flow channels are in place. You can see small tears near the center,

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Posted in Sabot Layup


Fiberglass and Foam Lay-up

After making the mold modifications needed to vacuum bag and infuse the resin, we’re now cutting out the templates to be used for cutting the foam and the fibreglass. We chose Triax 20 ounce fibreglass and one-half inch Baltek Airex for foam core. These were chosen to build the stiffest sabot possible that would still weigh-in under 95 pounds.

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Attaching Vacuum Platform

With the grooves cut on the “L” stock they were ready to attach. First wholes had to be cut into the plywood platform to allow for the C-clamps to grab the mold without scratching the surface.

First he starboard platform was attached and allowed to cure…

attaching starboard rails

Then the starboard platform was attached.

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Posted in Re-Tooling of Molds and Equipment


Adding vacuum bag sealing platform

The hull mold ready to build Sabots but not using a vacuum infusion process. I started with preparing the bow and stern transoms for take the vacuum platforms.

As there is so much curvature to the sides of the Sabot, the platform material had to have grooves cut into it to allow for the material to bend without deforming the shape of the mold.

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Posted in Re-Tooling of Molds and Equipment