Epoxy brands can vary widely in their formulations, quality of raw materials and their suitability for marine environments. Defining an epoxy’s performance criteria, and designing a formula to meet those criteria requires good chemistry, rigorous test programs, skillful shop work and direct experience with today’s high performance boats and other composite structures.

WEST SYSTEM resin and hardener formulas, ingredients and combinations are tested to compare fatigue strength, compression strength, heat distortion temperature and peak exotherm. Thorough testing such as this, is invaluable in achieving the proper balance of properties required for a versatile, high-quality marine epoxy.

Professional fabricators can be confident of consistent, repeatable results in performance and handling characteristics that will ensure high quality parts and higher production rates, while the easily used chemistry set gives the amateur builder the ability to successfully tailor the handling characterisitcs and the physical properties of the cured epoxy to suit the working conditions, and the coating or bonding requirements, for their specific projects.

Launched by Denman Marine in Kettering Tasmania, Stormy Weather is the first East Coast 32 from the design board of renowned naval architect Andy Dovell. Although the East Coast 32 has traditional looks, such as the plumb stem and curved, raked transom, the design incorporates modern materials to achieve a strong, lightweight and easily driven […]
Designed by Arch Davis, Maine, USA, the Penobscot 14 was intended as a boat to be a suitable project for any builder with modest woodworking skills. “I took great care in drawing the lines, making a model to help me arrive at the prettiest, and most sea-kindly, hull form” notes Arch on his website. “I […]
NFI ‘s hull and deck, built in two halves over CNC- routed MDF frames and set at 600mm spacings, were strip planked with 13mm DuraKore Composite Strips edge glued with a mix of WEST SYSTEM resin/hardener modified with low density 411 Microsphere Blend. One layer of 750grm triaxial E-fibreglass was laminated with KINETIX R246TX high […]
Tony undertook the construction in his backyard, in Hobart. Additional hands were provided by family and friends on larger tasks. The hull was strip planked Western Red Cedar over a male mould of temporary frames. The planks were edge glued using WEST SYSTEM R105 resin/ hardener modified with 411 Microsphere Blend low density filler. In […]
3 stories high, the EC160 was engineered by ATL Composites to meet Australian Standard USL 1C/1, to carry 245 passengers on her 3 decks, and to cruise at 22 knots. “This is the way of the future,” declared Noah. “In a world where fuel economy is now king, this boat proves that composite construction is […]
This modern version, built by Denman Marine, Kettering, Tasmania, is epoxy-glued marine plywood, and is quick, maneuverable, easy to trailer, and requires low maintenance. Her simple traditional rig belies a wonderful, seaworthy craft whose performance routinely dazzles observers. It is an extremely easy boat to sail and is easily sailed one-up. The custom tilt trailer […]
After enjoying the International Eight Metre Class World Cup in Helsinki in 2002, Jose commissioned designer Garry Lidgard to design a boat to meet the Eight Metre Class Rule with a modern underbody and classic lines above the waterline. Juana’s hull and deck are a timber/fiberglass hybrid, with solid timber, epoxy-laminated, celery-top pine frames and […]
Hull construction is timber-cored composite. Hoop pine planks were strip planked over a temporary jig of computer cut frames, and edge-glued with WEST SYSTEM brand epoxy mixed with a low density powder modifier. The inside and outside of the hull was reinforced with multiaxial E-fibregalss and laminated with ATL’s high performance KINETIX R246TX laminating resin […]
QUANDAMOOKA’s displacement hull is typically narrow for her length, with a deep keel to protect the propellers. Combined with a fine entry, Quandamooka achieves good fuel economy with a relatively high maximum hull speed. Tank test results proved the design to be very efficient, and in real life conditions the launch is easily driven with […]

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