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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: Carbon Fiber Raptor  (Read 4629 times)

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Baitman

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   I finally started prepping the molds last week to make myself a  super light weight fishing  kayak.    This is something I've thought about making for a few years now. 
  So far I've sanded at 400 grit,  half way through the 600 grit... continuing till I've polished it with 2000 !
 Sloooo going , and dayammmm my fingers are hurting...    Anybody have free time on their hands , you're welcome to come over and help.   There's beer in the fridge !    :smt044

      Including the vacuum bagging,  I'm figuring about $1,200 bucks in material to make this.   
      The only modifications from the roto molded version is eliminating the bait pump scupper  at the cargo well.,,   This should be interesting to see how it all effects the speed.    Will post photo's as the work progresses.

   
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That is AWESOME!!!!

wish I was closer, would love to help out.

Keep us posted!

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That's super cool! You have got some mad skills.
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Awesome, I look forward to the updates!
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I work for food, not beer  :smt003
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Sometimes the fish isn't the only prize.
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    Owner / Designer  Raptor kayaks. and the new soon to be released  " G2 "





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Would totally help with the work , I use to do a lot of cf fabricating and repair For race cars. Worked @ a few body shops too . Vacuum infusion sounds really fun.   
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You going to incorporate Kevlar into it or run just carbon fiber? What resin are you planning on using? I've read that straight carbon fiber is the lightest,  but it can be brittle. Regardless,  I'm very interested in how it comes out. Cool project dude!


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So, I've done very little molding of fiberglass/gel coat.  Is the 2000 to aide in mold release & less post-production finishing of the kayak after you pull it?


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      Anybody have free time on their hands , you're welcome to come over and help.   There's beer in the fridge !    :smt044

I have to question that offer.  :smt044
I cannot wait to check that bad boy out and see how light it will be.
Stellar work Jim....If I lived closer....and you had good beer.......  :smt044
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So, I've done very little molding of fiberglass/gel coat.  Is the 2000 to aide in mold release & less post-production finishing of the kayak after you pull it?
        Yes, for both reasons.  mostly for release !         

    Sanding is going faster than I thought.    Finished the mold  top half with 1200 grit late yesterday.   

You going to incorporate Kevlar into it or run just carbon fiber? What resin are you planning on using? I've read that straight carbon fiber is the lightest,  but it can be brittle. Regardless,  I'm very interested in how it comes out. Cool project dude!
          Scheduled the final layer to be Kevlar...   Not sure what it will do with the weight,, but you're right, kevlar does add a lot of impact resistance for sure.
 
Would totally help with the work , I use to do a lot of cf fabricating and repair For race cars. Worked @ a few body shops too . Vacuum infusion sounds really fun.   
  Thanks !  Would love to have your help.   :smt006

 
Sometimes the fish isn't the only prize.
2nd place  Simply Fishing 2013
    Owner / Designer  Raptor kayaks. and the new soon to be released  " G2 "





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