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The Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup 2015 is a carbon free, nautical race that generates some of the most innovative solar powerboat designs using composite technologies. It took place on the 9th - 11th July and attracted entrants from all over the world.

During the race, SCIGRIP hosted a Repair Station in the Paddock area of the Yacht Club de Monaco. This facility proved invaluable to many of the competitors and the SCIGRIP team was kept extremely busy completing in excess of 12 complete boat repairs during the three day event.

All boats taking part in the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup must pass a series of technical inspections in order to compete. During once such inspection, the organisers noticed the Scigrip Solar Boat Team had failed to attach a number plate to their vessel’s carbon fibre deck.  Without this form of identification the boat would not be allowed to enter the race.

SCIGRIP was enlisted to help conduct this retro fit application with very limited time available. The Team used SG300, a high strength structural adhesive and worked quickly and efficiently to bond the PVC foam number plate to the carbon deck using aluminium angled brackets attached to both surfaces.

The Scigrip Solar Boat Team was assessed again 10 minutes later and this time passed the technical inspection therefore allowing the team to take part in the race. However, on entering the water a large wave impacted the front of the boat and snapped the PVC foam number plate off but the retro fit bonding application held fast thanks to SG300’s supreme strength.

At the end of the event, the number plate had to be removed to allow the boat to be transported. The only way of detaching the fixture was to damage the carbon fibre deck as the adhesive bond would not break. Testimony to SG300’s tough and enduring bonding power!

SCIGRIP’s SG300 series comprises of two component, 10:1 mix ratio products that are ideal for bonding metals, composites and other plastic parts. These advanced products demand minimal surface preparation and are designed to meet specific requirements of the transportation industry and a variety of assembly operations.


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