Our three-piece hull/deck-moulds for the Pikanto IOM (designed by Graham Bantock) are now ready. The next step is to sand the surface smooth and polish the moulds. We hope to mould a prototype hull before the new year.
Categories: IOM Building, PIKANTO
Tags: IOM, mould, pikanto
November 30, 2009 at 08:07
Will there be any plans to market the hulls in the future?
November 30, 2009 at 12:42
We will first work on the prototype and then we have about 5-6 local sailors interested in hulls. After that if we can develop the moulding and building process so that it is feasible to produce boats for sale at a reasonable price I will announce it here on the blog.
At first we will most likely produce hulls only and the builder will have to fit foils and radio on their own. Later we may produce fins, rudders, and bulbs also.
December 1, 2009 at 16:47
how is it assembled the hull, I have never seen a mold pikant done in three shells, how to assemble all during the rolling process with wet cloth on the wet?
December 1, 2009 at 22:26
The idea is to cut open the holes in the deck mould. We will first lay-up the hull in both hull-moulds, then lay-up the deck in the deck mould, then join the two moulds. The idea is then that we will have access from the deck-openings to the seam between the deck and the hull moulding.
This is still untested so we will have to see how it works out. It's however very clear that in order to produce a boat economically it needs to be built with as little hand-work as possible and in as few steps as possible. If we can insert the fin/mastbox, a jib-support, and the rudder-tube into the hull in the same process we hope to have a method where we basically produce a complete hull in one moulding session.
December 2, 2009 at 10:29
the photos of your project and some comments are on a Blog:
best regards, massimo
December 2, 2009 at 13:24
for those of us who don't speak italian:
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