Boat Review May 2015 Issue

Hand Laid in the USA

biaxial fiberglass and vinylester resin
Pacific Seacraft boats, now made in North Carolina, are hand-laminated, using layers of biaxial fiberglass and vinylester resin.

Workers at Pacific Seacraft laminate these hulls by hand, using vinylester resin and layers of biaxial fiberglass laid at 45- and 90-degree axes for enhanced multidirectional strength. The decks are cored with balsa wood except for those areas where fasteners pierce through or fixtures are mounted; those spots are cored with either marine plywood, high-density foam, or solid fiberglass. The two-tone deck is accomplished by masking off the nonskid areas in the mold prior to gelcoat application. This yields a very durable surface.

Pacific Seacraft uses 1-inch stainless bolts to attach the lead keel to the bilge. The keel is also set in epoxy and is mated to a very heavily laminated fiberglass keel stub that is integral to the hull. For the hull stem, the company said it uses roughly three times the fiberglass content that other firms use.

For the hull-deck joint on the 31, Brodie’s workers utilize a 2˝-inch, inward-turning flange on the hull mated to a flange on the deck, and the joint is adhered with 3M 5200 and through-bolted on 6-inch centers with quarter-inch, stainless-steel machine screws. (This method is used on all of the company’s models.)

Down below, there are only partial bulkheads, except for the lone partition between the V-berth and the anchor-chain locker forward. These are fabricated from marine plywood sheathed in a teak veneer. A 3-inch, stainless-steel, tubular compression post supports the deck-stepped mast.

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