In February, Hollywood, Fla.-based custom center console builder Midnight Express began converting all its models from conventional lamination to resin infusion. When the transition of the company’s 37-footer is complete early next year, all of the builder’s models (34 Open and Cuddy, 37 Open and Cabin,39 Open and Cuddy and the NEW 43 Open) will be built exclusively using the process.
Unlike the process of vacuum bagging, the infusion process does not remove excess resin from fiberglass (or epoxy from carbon fiber) using a vacuum after both are placed in a bag to form a hull, deck or part. Instead, all of the dry materials go into the bag and then the resin is pumped into the bag through a series of hoses and vacuum-infused into those materials.
“When you infuse, you put in only the resin that the fiberglass will accept,” explained Eric Glaser, the owner of Midnight Express. “It’s an even lighter and stronger process than vacuum-bagging. The calculated weight of our 39S—that’s what we’re calling the 39 built with the infusion process—with triple 300 Verado outboards is 8,500 pounds. With quad 300 Verados, we are expecting it to run 85+MPH.
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Mission critical is being built tough enough and fast enough to take whatever sea conditions Mother Nature has to offer, and keep you fishing and comfortable regardless of conditions. That’s why Midnights are the preferred boats by those who finish tops in tournaments around the world. Midnight Express is also the tender of choice for many luxury yachts around the world, as well as the Vessel of choice for such Law Enforcement Agencies as United States customs and Border Patrol.
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Source: www.speedonthewater.com; Matt Trulio; December 4, 2013.