The Structural Grid: Prefabrication

The complex internal structures that support the hull and deck of a boat account for a significant part of the overall design, fabrication and assembly challenges for a boatbuilder. These longitudinal stringers and transverse bulkheads form a structural grid that supports the bottom plating, distributes load throughout the hull, and maintains the integrity of the hull and deck and provides support/landings for the cockpit or cabin floor. This article describes how builders of 20- to 40-ft production powerboats are using prefabricated structures ranging from precision-cut preformed stringers and bulkheads to precured, one-piece “drop-in” stringer/bulkhead assemblies to save money while taking advantage of the benefits of digitized design and construction.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 30-35
  • Serial:
    • Composites Technology
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Gardner Publications Incorporated
    • ISSN: 1083-4117

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  • Accession Number: 01492846
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 13 2013 7:45AM