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gunnelgrabber posted 09-10-2001 05:16 AM ET (US)   Profile for gunnelgrabber   Send Email to gunnelgrabber  
TO BS, the middle of the maritime skiff discussion you mentioned Divincell(sp?)...some new material being used as being lighter ,more expensive? . how does it compare strenghwise? thanks...lm
Chesapeake posted 09-10-2001 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Gunnelgrabber: If Bigshot is talking about the same stuff... the big custom builders in places like Stuart, FLA use this honeycomb material. Rather than laying out 2 or more inch thick layers of glass to provide strength, they are using this honecomb material and then glassing over it with only a half inch or less of glass mat. The weight savings is immense and the strength is supposedly better.

Apparently they have two different versions, the first in whcih the honeycomb sandwich is actually made from paper/cardboard and the second where it is made of glass, when extra strength is needed.

The airline industry has been using similar materials for years. An article in Fine Homebuilding magazine (Taunton Press) showed how then built the beautiful wood interiors found inside the Gulfstream G-4 and G-5. It is a very thin (<1/4 inch) aluminum honeycomb board that is veneered with walnut and lacquered, making an incredibly light, yet strong and beautiful finish.

I apologize for running on... The company that makes all of Boston Whaler's electrical panels also uses this or a similar technology for some custom panels they make for custom rigs. Apparently they can make a panel from aluminum or some other metal and put on a finish that is either high glossed teak or indistinguishable from the real thing. Technology is just amazing, ain't it?


gunnelgrabber posted 09-10-2001 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
chesapeake,..thank you for the information...i wanted to hear more about the material and i probably posted in the wrong place ...lm

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