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Composite Integration Use Modern Manufacturing Methods in Traditional Boat Build

03 January 2012

Composite Integration has supplied RTM and infusion equipment and expertise into a very wide range of marine applications including the Princess 40 and recently Cornish Crabber 12, an important new boat for yacht builders, Cornish Crabbers.

According to Composite Integration, the all new David Thomas designed Cornish Crabber 12 features an entirely resin-infused structure. Composite Integration says that they were engaged in partnership with the Cornwall College based ‘Marine Innovation Service’ to introduce resin infusion into the company with the new boat as a real-life demonstrator. 

Composite Integration explain that, with the London Boat Show as the deadline and led by process Coordinator Will Harris, the team was faced with the challenge of introducing a new manufacturing technique, training the workforce, specifying and delivering the necessary materials and equipment and building the first boat all within a period of a few months.

Composite Integration supplied the vacuum system and an injection machine that allows the resin to be mixed and injected under full control and with minimum wastage. As well as ensuring cleaner and safer working conditions, they say this will also ensure that every hull is built to the same exacting engineered specifications. Weight and laminate quality are controlled and repeatable whilst wastage and work-place emissions are reduced.

The first boat was finished and launched for trials just a few days before Christmas and Composite Integration claim it has exceeded all expectations.

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