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Live Boat Construction at Rio de Janeiro Boat Show

20 April 2001


A great event will be waiting for the attendees of Rio Boat Show 2000. The live construction of a racing powerboat! This demonstration of modern boat building techniques will be presented by the engineering division of Barracuda Technologies, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The racing boat will be constructed during the show by three Master Builders, including Eng. Jorge Nasseh. chief of Engineering of Barracuda Technologies, and two other US builders, using the latest techniques available in the marine market, using advanced materials such as multiaxial, aramid, and carbon fabrics, PVC foam core material, in conjunction of an epoxy matrix and vacuum bagging process. The hull layup will be 100% aramid fabrics for the hull and local reinforcements in Carbon fibers. Stringer system and transverse ring frames will be all double bias and unidirectional carbon fiber built under vacuum bag and bonded to the hull with high elongation epoxy adhesive. Deck construction will VARTM (Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding) and PVC sandwich core. The idea is to show a very professional, clean and efficient method of construction. Total length of construction will be 8 days.

The project will have material support from DIAB Group-USA (PVC foam cores), Saint Gobain BTI-US and UK (Multiaxial Aramid and Carbon Fabrics), CPD Composite Polymer Design (Epoxy Resins and Adhesives), SP Systems-UK (Vacuum Consumables).

The target is to use this superboat with 3 x 300hp engines to break the record between two Brazilian cities Rio de Janeiro and Santos at distance of 240 miles on offshore seas. The current record belongs since 1984 to the pilot Franz Wallace on board of the boat “Pangaré Trio III”.






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