Rob with Production Manager Freddy and Caroline from Customer Services at the Privilege boatyard

Building the Privilege 580 Catamaran: Part 1

The Privilege 580 catamaran is a completely new design. The only thing it shares with the former 585 is the designer, Marc Lombard. The result is the most versatile vessel to ever come out of the Privilege boatyard.

Like all vessels that leave the Privilege yard, design is important, but never more than quality of construction.

There is no fast way to build a boat well and a new Privilege 580 catamaran will take approximately 14 months to complete.  It takes time and effort to properly layup the hull and deck as well as glass all bulkheads to form a single structure.

Laying up the Hull

The hull mold is actually 3 separate pieces. After the layup of the 3 parts are complete, the pieces are attached together and the hull is finished by glassing the parts together. Bulkheads are installed before the hull is removed from the mold to ensure exact shape.

You will see that bulkheads are FRP with a foam core to increase strength without adding weight. This is much better than plywood as it will bond perfectly to the hull and deck and unlike wood, will not absorb moisture.

The 580 hull sections before they are attached to the bridgedeck
The vacuum infusion process to ensure a secure bond

The Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) is a technique that uses vacuum pressure to drive resin into a laminate. Materials are laid dry into the mold and the vacuum is applied before resin is introduced. Once a complete vacuum is achieved, resin is infused into the laminate via carefully placed tubing.

Stay tuned as we continue to document the new Privilege 580 catamaran build process.

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