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markdsampson
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ATL Composite panels instead of plywood

Hello, 

I've been contemplating buying the plans for a Tiki 38 and building one so I can head off over the horizon : )

I was part of a project where we used composite panels supplied by ATL in Queensland Australia and I was very impressed with them.

It got me thinking about making a Tiki 38 with this product instead of using plywood. They offer a cutting service for the panels using CNC so I could digitise the prints/drawings making the job of cutting out far more efficient and accurate.

I believe it would be much stronger, lighter and accurate build.

Same assembly process as with plywood but much lighter and based on the product tests, much stronger.

Only negative I can see is the cost, about 3 times the cost of BS1099 marine ply.

http://atlcomposites.com.au/category/10/ProBalsa

Anythoughts, opinions from fellow Wharram fans?

Regards

Mark