All the sanding pays off! Its time for some Layup testing.

The pair of split molds for the SageSport160 are all wrapped up. We spent a couple of weeks laying up lots of glass on both sides and giving them a balsa core for stiffness.

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Once both sides were done and cured, we were overjoyed to find that they both easily popped off the plug when we wanted them too. Note the orientation blocks, this makes the molds much easier to line back up when the time comes. IMG_3256

Once the plugs were removed we once again had some sanding ahead of us to make sure the surface was good.

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The finer the sanding, the better they looked. Then we buffed and waxed them….now they look really good!

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With the spray booth cleaned up and the molds waiting, we will be laying up the first composite prototype in the next week or so. But before that, we need to test our materials and layups.

With careful study, we have laid up some test panels including the Carbon fiber, Kevlar, and core materials we will be using throughout the SageSport160. Below is a 18″ wide Transom section test, that’s 7/16 thick with 225lbs of lead on it and almost no deflection. A step in the right direction.

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Testing continues to find optimal materials and layout. Stay tuned…

Sanding … sanding … and when you think you have done enough SAND SOME MORE!

The plug for the SageSport 160 is now nice and shiny and we have begun the process of making the mold!

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Shinny plug that is ready for gel coat!

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Spraying gel coat – this will be the surface of the mold.

Here the first of many layers of fiberglass are layed over the gel coat – skin coat of gel coat

Balsa is added create a strong and stable mold. NOTE: the hull of the SageSport 160 WILL NOT be cored with balsa!!!!  This photo is of the hull mold NOT a boat.

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And more glass is put over the balsa –
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Here is a link to more pictures of the hull mold being made: –>CLICK HERE<–

Next the second half of the mold will be made and then the first fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fiber SageSport 160 hull will be made!

SageSport 160 hull mold update!

This is the second post about the building of the SageSport 160 hull mold.  To view the first post on the process <CLICK HERE>

After cedar slats were covered with fiberglass the plug was flipped over to install the outwales –

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Again the plug was flipped so a flange could be installed –

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The flange is needed for the vacuum infusion process that will be used in building these composite boats. Here is a link that discusses the infusion process used on the Sage 15 boats – https://sagemarineblog.wordpress.com/20 … -infusion/.

The plug was sprayed with Duratec, a mold surfacing and shaping product –

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Lots sanding was done to get the perfect shape –

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The keels were installed –

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and, you guessed it, the plug is again sprayed with Duratec followed by more sanding!

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And here is an ACTION video of more sanding –

 

More updates to come!

We had a plan … then things happened.

In mid-2016 one of the rare Jerry Montgomery Panthers became available and we jumped on the chance to own a piece of Montgomery Marine Products history. The Panther is a pure racing boat designed by Ron Holder. Jerry Montgomery only built about a dozen. The boat will plane in winds over about 12 knots. She has an unballasted centerboard so the crew is hiking out to keep the boat upright in anything over a light breeze. She is a fractional sloop with a HUGE main and TALL rotating mast. Jerry only built a few as his distributors were marketing the boat as a family daysailor because of the large open deck and cockpit. As she is a race boat she is a bit ‘twitchy’ and is not appropriate for casual family outings.

When we got her to the boat shop she needed a few fixes: repair the transom as the backing for the rudder gudgeons was rotten, retune the rig and fix a broken frame. Otherwise she needed some cosmetic work and the boat would be ready to sail.

 

Well. A strong storm came through Golden, Colorado, with 100+ miles per hour winds. The boat and trailer were picked up, meaning they flew through the air, and the boat came to a sudden crashing stop. The mast and boom are bent. The centerboard was broken. A chainplate pulled out taking part of the deck with it. One of the trailer tires came off the rim. Yeah it was one hell of a blow!.

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So the Panther is now available to someone willing to take on the project. All the running, standing and miscellaneous parts are present though severely damaged … and some in better condition than others (see above). She is a project. First person that takes her gets the boat! Cost – FREE! 

** THE PANTHER HAS GONE TO A NEW HOME AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE **

Which Sage should attend 2018 Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan?

Sage will be at the 2018 Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan at Lake Pleasant, AZ, 15-19 February 2018.

We want to know from you which boat you would like to see & sail! Sage 15 sloop? or Sage 15 catboat (aka, SageCat)UPDATE: VOTING HAS CLOSED.

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A Sage 15 SageCat sailing the Columbia River.

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Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE sailing on Port Townsend Bay, WA, June 2016.

P.S. – A Sage 17 will be in attendance.  (Many of them actually!)
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A Sage 17 sailing Lake Pleasant, Arizona.

 

More on sailing in strong & heavy winds

Last month we posted about high wind sailing and reefing the Sage sailboats.  Jerry Montgomery, the designer of the Sage 17 & Sage 15 and a guy of strong opinions, wanted to add this to the discussion –

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Jerry Montgomery at the Sage Marine Shop with a Sage 15 deck in the background.

The [Sage 15 and Sage 17] sails way better with a small jib and a reefed main.  All boats of this type should have a storm jib – if the winds looks like it’s going to come up to 25 or so, put up the storm jib; you’ll be amazed at how little it slows the boat down to even in a 15 knot wind (unless you’re in a race!).  You will seldom use [a storm jib], but it’s invaluable when you need it, and you’ll save a lot of wear and tear on the other sails.  Storm jibs don’t cost much.

Once in Mexico I [Jerry] used the storm jib every and all day and had no trouble keeping up with the other boats.   It was blowing 25 and 30 every day.