The ultra-efficient craft incorporates materials supplied, with technical support, by Gurit (Isle of Wight, U.K.). According to Gurit, the materials included SE 84LV carbon/epoxy prepreg, SA 80 adhesive films, SP 345 adhesive and Ultravar 2000 clear protective-coating systems. SE 84LV prepreg is a toughened system with high mechanical properties and low viscosity, reportedly making it a good candidate for heavy fiber weights and low-temperature, out-of-autoclave curing. Its high compressive strength reportedly led to its choice for the heavily loaded craft, which resembles a sailboard or kite board more than a sailing vessel. This material also has been selected for use by various America’s Cup syndicates and Volvo Ocean Race teams. SA 80 adhesive film, a toughened epoxy film on a glass carrier, reportedly provides high strain-to-failure and was chosen because it best met the craft’s performance requirements. Graham Harvey, Gurit’s head of marine, said, “It is great news for Paul and the team — and we are pleased to have contributed to their success.”
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