Carbon Fiber Construction

The Future of Yacht-Building Technology

Carbon Fiber Hull and Superstructure

Carbon fiber has long been the construction material of choice in the aerospace and military industries, before becoming the norm in high level yacht and auto racing. The carbon fiber material used in automotive, aerospace and marine construction is more specifically known as carbon fiber-reinforced polymer or carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. In this construction method, carbon fibers are reinforced with resin to create a building material that yields a high strength-to-weight ratio. At the Delta Powerboats state-of-the-art yacht-building facility in Sweden, sheets of carbon fiber are carefully reinforced with a vinylester and divinycell resin and then vacuum infused within the hull or superstructure mold. This process guarantees that the resin is evenly distributed and there are guarantees that the resin is evenly distributed and there are no areas of compromise. It also further ensures rigidity and strength, thereby allowing for less material than that needed to yield the same strength in traditional fiberglass or aluminum construction. This leads to a much lighter vessel overall, which maximizes speed, reduces fuel consumption, allows for smaller engines and generally ensures a much more efficient vessel. Carbon fiber also serves as a natural sound dampening material and yields less vibration than fiberglass or aluminum.

Diab Core Infusion Technology

Delta was among the first powerboat manufacturers to implement the Diab Core Infusion Technology, a more efficient means of vacuum infusion, into its construction processes. This vacuum injection process takes place in a contained environment and minimizes toxic emissions, thus providing a much cleaner working environment when compared to other methods.