The plug for the SageSport 160 is now nice and shiny and we have begun the process of making the mold!
Here the first of many layers of fiberglass are layed over the 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.
And more glass is put over the balsa –
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!
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 –
Again the plug was flipped so a flange could be installed –
The plug was sprayed with Duratec, a mold surfacing and shaping product –
Lots sanding was done to get the perfect shape –
The keels were installed –
and, you guessed it, the plug is again sprayed with Duratec followed by more sanding!
And here is an ACTION video of more sanding –
More updates to come!
The first step is to make a plug from which the SageSport 160 mold will be made. These pictures show the hull being made in cedar strips over the form stations –
The last slat goes into the hull. This is called the ‘whiskey plank’ –
The hull shape is complete. Here you can see the plug and the prototype boats –
Once the strips were in place the boat was sanded smooth in preparation for a layer of fiberglass to cover and stabilize the shape –
We like to mix the traditional and the modern at Sage Marine. The Sage 17, Sage 15 and SageCat are a bit traditional and a bit modern. For the next boat we are at it again … the SageSport 160! What is this ‘SageSport’? Well –
Sage has taken the classic Robb White Sport Boat and mixed with some modern. SageSport 160 is made of a resin infused fiberglass, carbon fiber and kevlar hull that makes for a very light boat that is car toppable. We are trying for a standard boat weight of 50#. She can also be paddled, rowed (both with a fixed seat or a sliding seat) and, you guessed it, sailed.
A SageSport 160 is rated to use up to a 6HP outboard. The boat will plane at just over three knots (way before her hull speed). The boat is actually designed to plane … not an ‘apply horsepower until the boat goes fast’ design.
Our first prototype, a wooden strip-plank built, boat has been built and tested. So far we have taken the boat out in winds blowing up to 30 knots with seas about 2’. The boat motored at 9-10 knots at ½-throttle on a 6HP motor. Yes, she was planing in these conditions! Additionally the boat wasn’t squirrly and felt very stable.
SageSport 160 will have positive flotation and be available in a variety of colors.
More info to come!