Our Solitaire 1520 is a kit boat. What that means is that you pay for some plans from Schionning and then pay for the precut CNC laminate foam panel kit. You have the choice from three manufacturers. We choose Advanced Materials Solutions in Cape Town, South Africa since their panels come in 7.9 x 2.345 meter sections. That means we will only need to glue one seam for our 13m long boat, yet the panels fit in a standard shipping container. We also like the water jet CNC method they use (which doesn't apply heat to the panels and creates less waste. We also like the way AMS bonds the laminate to the PVC foam with resin penetration through regular holes in the foam. This helps with adhesion and compression resistance.
These panels will ship from South Africa to our location in California. Once the kit arrives at our build site, we will separate the marked pieces from the panels as we tab them together with and epoxy and fiberglass / basalt to create the shell of our boat. The necessary jigs also come precut in the kit as does all fiberglass cloth and epoxy, fairing compound, etc.
In our case, we will be sourcing the basalt fiber we are using on the 'canoe' portions of the hulls. This was our choice.
Our customized design is called the Solitaire 1520. It cost us a bit more for the design revisions; however, this way we get the boat we want cut to our design, made with our basalt reinforced hulls.
Included in the Kit:
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