Huntsman has recently experimented using Araldite epoxy resins in yacht construction, which they say not only achieves increased stiffness and a reduction in weight, but will also require less maintenance.
The boat, designed by Swiss boat builder Wacker-Werft, used Araldite Epoxy infusion systems LY564 and Hardeners XB 3486/87for the hull and decks. And, for the assembly of all bulkheads, hull to deck joints and structures, a new thixotropic epoxy adhesive was used.
According to Huntsman, boats made with epoxy resins have a number of advantages including superior mechanical properties, long resistance to fatigue, increased resistance to osmosis offering less maintenance and much longer life cycles.
Wacker-Werft say that the yacht’s lighter and stiffer structure make it ideal for Regatta sailing.
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