Originally Posted by minaret
I notice you mention building parts
by infusion. Ever infuse the core on a large hull? Just as confident in your results on that scale? Any input on the difference in weight and brittleness infusing in VE resin as opposed to old school
core bond? Ever bag core into core bond as opposed to infusing? Personally I think it a much superior method, resulting in a much lighter part which is more flexible, less brittle. Just takes lots more work. It's not the massive time/money saver infusion is, which is why I think we don't see more of it.
Nope, have not done a complete hull yet, im working up to it though and, yes, i have no doubts about achieving the same results at that scale. The last part i did was about 75ft2, I learned as part of a team at one of Derek Kellsals kss workshops where we infused one half of one of his 42ft catamaran
hulls as a flat panel.
My resin of choice is VE which has very good elongation, i am not a fan of core bond and while i have used it i prefer bagging into mat, but no more if i can help it. Infusion imho produces a far superior part than any hand layup
method and to me was a revelation, it is clean and relatively low stress. I truly believe that it makes balsa a viable core. I started infusing with balsa because i had a lot in inventory and now i am very happy with it.