New autoclave for CSI

US based spar manufacturer announces improved facilities

Thursday March 27th 2003, Author: Todd Little, Location: United States
Composite Solutions Inc. (CSI), fabricator of custom composite parts for the marine industry, announces the installation of a new autoclave for its Hingham, MA (USA) facility. The new autoclave, rated for 100 PSI @ 350 degrees F, allows CSI to build carbon fiber sailboat masts over 100 feet long, utilizing advanced design approaches for spar production.

"Our new autoclave is the centerpiece of our facility. We now have the ability to manufacture extremely high quality carbon fiber masts for nearly any yacht. CSI¹s autoclaves and oven enable us to offer an extensive range of quality composite parts, including masts, booms, spinnaker poles, rudders, rudder posts, quadrants, wheels composite hatches, you name it." says Barry Steinberg, CSI Vice President. "Our target is the performance cruising and racing market for yachts 40 feet and up, and we are a complete one-stop-shop for all of their carbon composite needs."

CSI President Jeffrey Kent adds, "We are very excited about the new autoclave in our new facility. It enhances our position as the newest competitive alternative for designers, builders, owners."

The first project out of the autoclave is a 95' furling mast for a Fontaine Design Group 65 being built by Dana Robes Boatbuilders of Round Pond, Maine, USA. The mast features internal Reckmann furling, Navtec rigging, and a custom designed sculpted boom.

The next major project is spars for the 80 foot ketch Zanabe, undergoing a complete redesign and refit at Rockport Marine, Rockland, Maine. To be delivered this August, both the mainmast and mizzen are conventional sections with a custom silver Awlgrip finish, clearcoated below deck level.

CSI was founded in 1997 by Jeffrey Kent. Mr. Kent was formerly a partner with Hall Spars, and was a major influence in developing the very successful Hall Spars composite division. CSI has engineered and built composite products for cruising boats, performance cruisers, IMS racers and America¹s Cup boats. CSI¹s state-of-the-art facility includes two autoclaves with a third scheduled to be on-line late 2003, an oversized curing oven, CNC router/milling machine, mast mandrel winding machine, and complete machine shop. This equipment gives CSI the flexibility to produce the finest carbon composites while meeting stringent customer specifications and schedules.

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