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Production of a raceboat cockpit

For their new raceboat the French "Club Motomautique Normand" race team needed a new and stronger cockpit to protect the driver. They decided to construct it from carbon fibres in a hand lay-up, and used Compoflex 400 as a combined peel material and bleeder.

Picture 1. The plug is constructed (left) and a mould produced (right)
Picture 1. The plug is constructed (left) and a mould produced (right)

Picture 2. The Carbon fibre mats are put into place and impregnated by hand.
Picture 2. The Carbon fibre mats are put into place and impregnated by hand.

Picture 3. The Compoflex 400 is put into place.
Picture 3. The Compoflex 400 is put into place.

Picture 4. The part is bagged and vacuum applied, so that excess resin is pushed into the bleeder layer of the Compoflex 400.
Picture 4. The part is bagged and vacuum applied, so that excess resin is pushed into the bleeder layer of the Compoflex 400.

Picture 5. The Compoflex 400 is easily peeled.
Picture 5. The Compoflex 400 is easily peeled.

Picture 6. After polishing the cockpit, it is mounted on the wooden frame for the racing boat.
Picture 6. After polishing the cockpit, it is mounted on the wooden frame for the racing boat.

Picture 7. The boat is finished, and ready to race.
Picture 7. The boat is finished, and ready to race.