SageSport160 - building the hull mold

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SageSport160 - building the hull mold

Postby scoob » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:51 pm

Progress on the SageSport160’s hull mold -

The first step is to make a plug from which the mold will be made. These pictures show the hull being made in cedar strips over the form stations.

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The last slat goes into the hull. This is called the 'whiskey plank' -

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The hull shape is complete. Here you can see the plug and the prototype boats -

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Once the strips were in place the boat was sanded smooth in preparation for a layer of fiberglass to cover and stabilize the shape.

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Re: SageSport160 - building the hull mold

Postby scoob » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:48 pm

SageSport 160 hull mold update!

After cedar slats were covered with fiberglass the plug was flipped over so the outwale could be installed -

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Again the plug was flipped over so a flange could be installed -

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The flange is needed for the vacuum infusion process that will be used in building these composite boats. Here is a link that discusses the infusion process used on the Sage 15 boats - https://sagemarineblog.wordpress.com/20 ... -infusion/.


The plug was sprayed with Duratec, a mold surfacing and shaping product -

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Lots sanding was done to get the perfect shape -

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The keels were installed -

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and, you guessed it, the plug is again sprayed with Duratec followed by more sanding!

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More updates to come!

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Re: SageSport160 - building the hull mold

Postby scoob » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:52 am

Sanding … sanding … and when you think you have done enough SAND SOME MORE! The plug for the SageSport 160 is now nice and shiny and we have begun the process of making the mold!

Shinny plug that is ready for gel coat!
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Spraying gel coat - this will be the surface of the mold.
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Many layers of fiberglass along with balsa core are applied to create a strong and stable mold. NOTE: the hull of the SageSport 160 WILL NOT be cored with balsa!!!!

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Re: SageSport160 - building the hull mold

Postby sal » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:48 pm

We're currently experimenting with different layups and different materials. We've had 2 boats out of the mold and we'll be testing them in the water this week.

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