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European boat builder Galeon is using Scott Bader’s Crestapol urethane acrylate resin with carbon fibre reinforcements in the construction of its new 640 FLY yacht to deliver weight savings whilst maintaining high strength.
The flybridge of the 640 FLY yacht superstructure would typically be produced using standard resin with glass fibre and supported by metal pillar structures at the rear of the boat. Galeon performed a structural design using Scott Bader’s Crestapol 1261 urethane acrylate resin, with a combination of multiaxial and unidirectional carbon fibre from Metyx Composites. The combination of the engineering and the material choice has enabled Galeon to significantly increase the stiffness and reduce the weight of this structure, eliminating the need for additional support pillars at the rear of the boat. Previously, Galeon used carbon fibre material for secondary structural elements across its range of yachts.
Scott Bader says its Crestapol 1261 urethane acrylate resin is ideal for the marine industry as it provides high strength and can be processed in a similar way to polyester or vinyl ester resins, with no elevated temperature cure and no autoclave required. An added benefit is that the resin is compatible with polyester gelcoats so Galeon is able to apply the same gelcoat throughout a yacht.
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