The Stiletto 27 is manufactured of pre-impregnated epoxy
and glass over a Nomex (Dupont) honeycomb core
. The hulls are laid up cold with the correct amount of epoxy
already bonded to one side of each piece of glass cut to fit. The hull and mold
is vacuum molded and placed into an oven
to drive off the inhibitors that have held back the cross-linking.
My Stiletto was on the trailer, outside a boat show
, when a big old Ford van ran into it and pushed the trailer sideways a few feet while the van glanced off and carried on. We caught the guy and wanted to murder him. We looked at the hull and it looked stoved in and softened. However, we started to rub the area with fibreglass rubbing compound and the area came back to its beautiful shine. Only real damage was where a piece of his smashed mirror and tubing scratched the aluminum
rub-rail. With the corner of his van stoved in and his mirror smashed, we just decided to drop it and let him live.
That whole boat, 27 feet long and 14 feet wide, with a solid bridgedeck and all sails
, came in at 1200 pounds. Tough boat, however.
I sold it after 12 years. The only blemish was at the bows, where my stupidity and rough weather
had it bumping bows-on to a concrete pier for 24 hours. I was able to get some epoxy gel coat from Force Engineering, apply and sand out.