21 August 2018
21 August 2018
Optimised for fishing, the 14 m long vessel Barcoo Drift will be used on the Barcoo River in Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Roger Hill Yacht Design, New Zealand, and built by Julian Griffiths and his team in Noosa Marine, Australia, using sandwich core composite materials from ATL Composites in cooperation with Diab.
The owners of the vessel commissioned a boat where the back and cockpit are specially designed to accommodate their hobby of sports fishing. The power catamaran was constructed using a combination of DuFLEX Composite Panels with Diab’s Divinycell H80 and HM100 structural foam cores. Some panels were laminated with unidirectional laminates so they could be strip-planked to conform to the more compound sections of the outer topsides and wing-deck areas. Built in just a year, Barcoo Drift is comfortable and stylish, but also strong and practical.
To provide extra strength while keeping the vessel light, Divinycell HM100 was engineered into the hull bottoms and lower topsides. This way the boat can absorb high dynamic impacts and slamming loads without adding weight to the construction. All other structural sections including bulkheads, hull soles, cabin sides, side decks, etc. were supplied as CNC-routed DuFLEX Component Packs cored with Divinycell H80 in a variety of thicknesses and E-fibreglass reinforcements to meet design and engineering requirements.
The interior fit-out was supplied as a CNC-routed Component Pack in FEATHERLIGHT FF1015X6 Marine Grade panels from ATL Composites. The ultra-light panels, cored with 15 mm Divinycell H60, a low density IPN foam, provide good thermal/acoustic insulation and superior stiffness to increase overall performance.
With a proven track record in marine applications, DuFLEX Composite Panels are manufactured with Diab’s Pro-Balsa or Divinycell Structural foam cores and laminated with a proprietary epoxy resin reinforced with multiaxial E-fibreglass or carbon fibre skins. The DuFLEX Composite Component Packs are generated from electronic design files and CNC machinery and experienced operators ensure that every job is produced to the exacting standards demanded by today's market.
Photo provided by Diab
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