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oneboatnut 08-26-2010 11:35 AM

What is fiberglass composite??
What is the difference in fiberglass composite vs. fiberglass? are they the same?

Ron Olson 08-27-2010 11:13 PM

RE: What is fiberglass composite??
Good question. My guess is that it could be the fiberglass strands mixed in with some other fiber like Kevlar or carbon fiber.
Is there any hull in particular where composite is named?

nick_75au 08-27-2010 11:21 PM

RE: What is fiberglass composite??
Generally it just means the completed lay-up, its a composite of resin and fibreglass fibres .Fibreglass refers to the fibres used, most people just shorten the name to fiberglass.


Macleod 08-28-2010 12:16 PM

RE: What is fiberglass composite??

fiberglass composite

Composite materials, often shortened to composites, are engineered or naturally occurring materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties which remain separate and distinct at the macroscopic or microscopic scale within the finished structure.

Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) also known as glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) is a composite material made of a plastic matrix reinforced by fine fibers made of glass.
The plastic matrix may be epoxy, a thermosetting plastic (most often polyester or vinylester) or thermoplastic.


oneboatnut 08-29-2010 10:59 AM

RE: What is fiberglass composite??
The Pro Boat Blackjack 26SS website says....[*]Handcrafted fiberglass composite catamaran hull for superior handling in rough conditions

So I am wondering what would be the best way to prep and paint this type of material. Thanks!</p>

Dreamin Hemi 08-29-2010 02:12 PM

RE: What is fiberglass composite??
As long as it's gelcoated, standard paint prep techniques apply....nothing special. You won't even need to primer as the gelcoat scuffed is better than any primer out there!

oneboatnut 08-30-2010 11:46 AM

RE: What is fiberglass composite??
COOL! thanks for the info

dicko 08-30-2010 07:44 PM

RE: What is fiberglass composite??
Here's a tip, If you have a carbon fiber boat (full sized) ie. sailing boat, Insurance companies often refuse to insure them. However, if you state that it is a "Composite construction" instead of "Carbon construction", they will ensure them. I learnt that one when trying to insure my carbon sailing boat.

Deathwish 08-30-2010 09:26 PM

RE: What is fiberglass composite??
The Ady Gil or Earthrace which was formerly named was a composite carbon fibre and kevlar with a non-toxic anti-fouling paint. You can see it on the show whale war's before it was sunk by a Japanese whaling support vessel MV Sh┼Źnan Maru 2 collided on January 6, 2010, resulting in loss of the Ady Gil's bow and one injured crew member.

Or you can read about it on wiki. :)

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