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GRP Sunbeams

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Published 18:49 on 26 Oct 2020

Solent Sunbeams have recently adopted a major modernisation aimed at maintaining the appeal of the yacht. Wooden hulls may now be externally epoxy coated with the incorporation of a single layer of fibreglass woven scrim for extra strength and resistance to impact damage.

Haines are proud to have been part of the team included in developing a GRP Sunbeam that emulates the original wooden boats in every detail possible. The success of V61, Betty, the first GRP boat and her acceptance by the class competing on equal terms with the traditional wooden boats had led to commissioning of 10 further hulls. The GRP boat is visually identical to those of a traditional wooden construction at approaching half today's cost of a wood build with the advantages of low maintenance and buoyancy if the unthinkable should occur.

Roger Wickens, owner of Solent Sunbeam V26 Danny, who is a keen enthusiast of this historic yacht as well a highly successful helm, has published an informative illustrated account of the story behind the GRP Solent Sunbeams. Open the document below for the full story.


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