PET-based core features in composites on racing catamaran

Hungarian boatbuilder Pauger Carbon Composites designed and built a 50-ft catamaran that features 3A's AIREX T92 SealX PET-based core, which minimizes resin uptake.

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Pauger Carbon Composites (Hungary) reported on July 11 that it has designed and built the high-performance 50-ft/15.2m catamaran Fifty-Fifty in time for the prestigious long-distance sailing regatta Blue Ribbon on Lake Balaton (Hungary).

With the twin-mast catamaran design the Pauger team went for maximum power and lightest weight. The carbon fiber and epoxy infused sandwich hulls are cored with the new AIREX T92 SealX. This recently introduced PET-based core material from 3A Composite Core Materials (Colfax, N.C.) features the lowest resin uptake in infusion and thus further helped to keep the boat’s weight at a minimum.

The efforts of the design team and the sailing crew paid off double: Not only did the team win this biggest in-shore sailing regatta, it also broke the long-standing speed record by completing the 150-km/93.2-mile race course in just 10 hours, 13 minutes. With wind speeds of 10 knots, the boat achieved speeds of 24 knots!

Dénes Paulovits, founder and manager of Pauger is extremely proud of this success: “We’re very satisfied with the new AIREX T92 SealX as its extremely low resin uptake made it the lightest core material for our application.”