Resin-infusion for Sailrocket 3?
It is with great interest that we hear of Paul Larsen’s next venture to commercialise the technical advances made during the 11 years of development of Sailrocket 2 by creating a fast cargo vessel capable of crossing the world’s oceans cleanly, efficiently & cost-effectively whilst also maintaining the speed gains the design work brings with it.
Independent Composites were proud to have been involved in the construction of the main foil for Sailrocket 2 (using resin-infusion) and her subsequently breaking the world outright sailing speed record with a 500m run measured at 65.45 knots (http://icomps.co.uk/sailrocket2-update/).
One key point Paul identifies from the manufacturing of Sailrocket 2 components was the use of resin-infusion techniques to efficiently manufacture key structural components rapidly and more economically than other techniques (such as autoclaved pre-preg). Let’s hope Independent Composites can help with the next stage in the Sailrocket journey.
Lou Reade’s article in Composites in Manufacturing – https://www.composites-manufacturing.com/sailing-off-with-a-world-record/ – covers the background to all of this.