- Category: Boats & Gear
- Created: Friday, 16 October 2009 15:01
- Written by Charles Doane
This is another neat new item that caught my attention at the Newport show back in September. At first I laughed out loud when I saw it, as it seemed so over the top. A carbon-fiber RIB dinghy with a teak deck! Talk about overkill. But then I inspected the craft in detail and fell in love with it. This iteration, the Pure 450 Open T, which is about 15 feet long, has a super-clean look and ultimately its aesthetic, I think, is very elegant and understated.
Construction, for a tender, is robust and extremely high tech. The hull body is carbon fiber reinforced with layers of Kevlar underneath (for increased impact resistance) vacuum-bagged over a CoreCell foam core. The structure is then post-cured in an oven to assure maximum laminate integrity. The inflatable sponsons are made of Valmex, a commercial-grade workboat fabric that is as long-lived as Hypalon (figure 10 years plus on lifespan) but can be heat-welded, which allows for superior seam construction and maximizes air retention over time.Write comment (0 Comments)