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VIDEO: Hodgdon Yachts debuts 100-foot sailracer

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Hodgdon Yachts launched a 100-foot pre-preg carbon raceboat, one of the largest single hull infusions ever done in the United States and one of a handful of this scale worldwide.

The sleek sailing raceboat was launched Sept. 27 at the Hodgdon Yachts yards in East Boothbay, Maine.

From there, she was towed to the Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island, where the rig and keel will be fitted and sea trials will begin. Afterward, the boat will make a voyage aboard ship to Sydney, Australia, to compete in the Sydney to Hobart Race.

“The tooling needed to be carbon to match/minimize thermal expansion with the pre-preg part,” Hodgdon Yachts engineering director James Anderson said in a statement.

“Given that the tool needed to be carbon, it was much more efficient to make a heavy tool laminate with the infusion process so all the material could be put down together and infused in one go. It took less than a week to lay up and infuse the hull. … The additional benefits of the pre-preg, such as lighter weight and higher strength and stiffness, are worth the extra cost in the final part, but not necessary for the tool.”

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