Coast Guard Vessel Documentation
The Ins and Outs of Cored Composite Construction
Hardware installation with cores needs special attention. Although it does not rot, it also does not hold fasteners like wood. Attention needs to be given to how hardware is attached. Steve D’Antonio is a master at cored composites and has some great insights into this matter.
The Inner Layer: Core Materials of Sailboat Construction
Composite Construction Part II: Though the techniques and fundamental components differ, in modern sailboat construction the core materials are often the heart of the matter.
In the first installment of this two-part series (“Decoding the Matrix“), the composite parts we described were solid FRP laminates, also called single-skin parts.
Composite Construction: Decoding the Matrix
BOATBUILDING Part I: By understanding modern composite construction, boat owners and buyers can weigh the merits of costs, materials, strength, and value.
Most of today’s hulls and decks are built from marine “composites”—a combination of materials in which each part keeps some of its original traits.
A List of Composite Materials In Boats
Composite materials are broadly defined as those in which a binder is reinforced with a strengthening material. In modern terms, the binder is usually a resin, and the reinforcing material consists of glass strands (fiberglass), carbon fibers or aramid fibers. However, there are other composites too, such as ferrocement and wood resins, which are still used in boatbuilding.
Check out ThoughCo.’s marine industry composite information:
Chris Rogers has a wealth of composites information. Go check out his site to learn more about working with recycled materials.
Explore Composites is a big how-to “book” about building with composites: tooling, materials, laminating and equipment. EC! is organized into Articles, Resources, Example Projects and Library sections. There’s a YouTube channel, Instagram and Discord for forum-like discussion.