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Live Boatbuilding Challenge at Rio de Janeiro

08 March 2002

In the past Barracuda Technologies has been involved in live demonstrations building high tech composite boats in several different trade shows and conferences, demonstrating new materials and composite technology to a large number of attendees. Barracuda Technologies has led the way in these uncommon live demonstrations utilizing aerospace materials and technology for boat construction since 1986.

This year Barracuda has decided to allow the show attendees to build a boat by themselves, during the Rio Boat Show, held at Rio de Janeiro’s Marina da Gloria in Brazil from April 12 to 21.

Through a selection sponsored by several Marine and Nautical Magazines, market specific web sites, and the Brazilian Boat Builder Association, eight amateur builders will be selected. The group will be divided into two teams of four people, with each team assigned to build a 420 one-design sailboat.

Both teams will be provided with the same materials, hardware and technology. They will utilize the infusion process with aramid and carbon fibers, epoxy resins, and high temperature core materials (Klegecell SR). A team of Barracuda engineers will supervise the quality of work.

Each team must build, assemble, and fully rig the boat in four days during the show. Construction will occur between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm every day. The team who builds the lightest boat will be declared the winner and will keep their boat. The other boat will be donated to a sailing school held in Rio de Janeiro sponsored by the State of Rio de Janeiro and managed by the Olympic medallist Lars Grael.

The project will be headed by Barracuda Technologies, the largest advanced composite material supplier in Brazil, and sponsored by numerous material and equipment manufacturers.





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