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Hunter vs. Beneteau

Rolled out deck joints have been tryed by many production builders but few on boats the size of the boats that Hunter uses it on. Oday used this detain on a number of boats. So did Pearson. Catalina uses it on their smaller boats and some of their larger boast. Cal used it alot in the early years. All of the Morgan Out Island series used this type of joint, to name a few.

One big difference today is the advent of modern adhensives. Years ago the best that was available was 3M 5200, a pretty good product but no where near permanent. Today''s space age adhesives are stronger and offer a longer lifespan.

This type of connection saves a lot of money. When you build a boat with a rolled in flange the part of the mold that forms the flange must be removeable so that you can get the boat out of the mold. Typically the inward facing flange mold is bolted on and so the flange must be bolted on for each molding. Beyond that the outboard corner of flange mold must be faired each time the mold is opened or the corner of the gelcoat must be handworked. It is difficult work in the tight corner at the outboard corner of the flange as well so it takes greater care to build and inward facing flange.

Not only do you have more handwork and but the handwork slows the turnover of the molds. With a company like Hunter, who uses multiple sets of molds for each of its smaller boats, days lost to a slower mold turnover is a significant cost.

Jeff

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