Great post Aaron!
This thread has been very interesting; however there seems to be some confusion about the importance of the resin system used in relation to stiffness. The resin system does not significantly impact panel stiffness. Stiffness is impacted much more significantly by unsupported panel size, (i.e. internal structure) core thickness, and re-enforcement material. (E-glass, Kevlar, carbon)
This is a long winded way to say, if two boats were built in the same mold with identical laminate schedules and structural layouts it would be impossible to “feel” the difference between epoxy and vinylester resins.
That being said there are significant differences between epoxy and vinylester laminates. Epoxy resin has significantly better physical properties which allow laminates to be more highly engineered and weight can be reduced. Epoxy is also resistant to water absorption and does not micro-crack like vinyester which leads to laminate failure over time. The down side is that epoxy costs 3-4 times the cost of vinylester, it requires a more skilled labor force and more sophisticated tooling and manufacturing systems.
Vinylester laminate is attractive due to its low cost, and ease of use. The laminates are not typically highly engineered, which means that they are not labor intensive. These characteristics make this process ideal for high volume builders.
The “ride” of a boat is dictated by the global structural design and the hull form, not the resin system used. “Flex” is not good in a composite structure, no matter what it’s made with. Hope this helps.
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Great post Aaron!
Last edited by Steve 1; 01-18-2010 at 11:49 PM.
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Dirty Bird, thanks for the comments. Those real-world kind of experiences are what I'm looking to hear.
More importantly though, I'm looking for someone to coment on the 42' vs. the 46' having owned them currently or in the past... T-1075's and #6's preferrably!
Thanks in advance!
I'm not sure what you mean by no compromise with epoxy? Epoxy chemistry is constantly evolving, like any technology. The resin system we use today has a higher Tg (resistance to print) and better physical properties than the resin we used 3 years ago. The only constant is the price goes up.
Im specifically looking to determine if there is likely to be any kind of cosmetic issue for any reason down the road.
This is really the only downside I have heard.
I have heard it repeatedly from several builders Lee at Schiada being one of them - hence the repost.
Im trying to get expert builder advice about the legitimacy of this concern from other knowing parties.
The risk of long term print through is less likely than micro cracking and spidering of VE.
Does heat exacerbate this potential? As in an Arizona summer?
We can go back what 15-20 years and look at VE boats.
How far back do epoxy boats go in time?
I dont ask rhetorically, I ask because I do not know.
Thanks for the answers guys.
Last edited by Uncle Dave; 01-19-2010 at 05:51 PM.
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