From our crossover (dual-console) boats to center consoles, it all starts here. Single-Piece Infusion trademarks an EdgeWater Boat.
There’s always a beginning.
For EdgeWater, it all starts with the lamination department. Think of this part as the backbone of the process, as well as the boat itself. A spine laced with the perfect cocktail of resin and fiberglass.
All in all, it’s a job that deserves attention to detail, expertise, and the right tools.
EdgeWater’s boatbuilding tactics and technology have been proven time and again. It’s what separates us from the rest. Now, into the nitty gritty of it.
First, our technicians spray the color gel coat onto the prepped mold. After that, they spray the skin coat with resin and fiberglass. The tool of the trade: the ChopGun.
This sucker looks alien, something that Jesse Ventura would have to use in the film Predator. A pressurized, metallic sprayer that allows EdgeWater to do what they do best. Single-Piece-Infusion or SPI.
With that ChopGun, the spray provides a solid foundation for the hand-laid stringer system. We use bi-axial, tri-axial, and quad axial fiberglass mats that are hand-laid. The stringer system is a grid system that forms the ribs of the boat. The team then hand lays the fiberglass stringers to prepare for the SPI process.
A boat-sized — literally — plastic bag is wrapped inside the interior of the hull. An air-vacuum seals the bag at two atmospheres different than our own. Then the resin is pushed into the hull to create that single piece.
With that, there’s no pooling nor spraying. Also, there is no secondary chemical or mechanical bonding during this process. It’s all evenly distributed. It’s not like other traditional boatbuilders that use hand-laid on open molded boats. Our process creates better control and weight variance, in turn, making it a lighter and stronger boat on the water.
Once that process is completed, our high-tech crane system pulls the hull from the mold, like an apple pie from its tin wrapping. Ready to serve.
Single-Piece-Infusion is our trademark.
We started conducting this new boatbuilding method in 2007, starting with our 265CC. It was a straight-forward decision. How do we separate ourselves from the rest?
Boatbuilding was in our genetic makeup, but we had to introduce new splicing. Something definitive. Something revolutionary. SPI was it.