R42 is a high performance trimaran currently under construction at Australian Custom Multihull Yachts at the Boatworks on the Queensland Gold Coast.
Mould frames and strongbacks are made from 16mm mdf CNC machined by ATL Composites. The cutting files provide slots for fast assembly and the building forms are stabilised by locking the joints with epoxy fillets.
The beams are symmetrical about the athwartships axis and so one set of female tools can be used to build all of the beams. These are the fairings and they are non structural so the laminates are quite light. The primary beam is a box structure that sits inside the fairings.
Hand laminating the external laminate over the carbon planks
The planking material is made up of Divinycell PVC Core with uni carbon laminates on each face manufactured under pressure by ATL Composites to ensure a consistent laminate with a high fibre ratio.
The laminate is supplied in 1.2m x 2.4m panels with a Z join at each end.
They are bondedwith epoxy using ATL's Z press which applies pressure and heat to the join allowing it to cure in just a few minutes.
The panels are progressively moved along until a panel the full length of the hull is created.
The full length panels are then ripped into strips that you can see being planed in the photos. Finally an external laminate is applied.
Thanks to Jamie Morris and Dan Bradford for the photos.
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