Please select your home edition
Edition

Techniglue R60 is the go-to for timber bonding

by ATL Composites 28 Sep 2021 14:25 PDT
Oceana © ATL Composites

Andrew O'Neill, director at O'Neill Shipwrights at Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, is working on a massive teak deck project aboard the 60-metre motor yacht, Oceana.

With his team of seven craftspeople, Andrew has worked to exact templates to pre-fab the decking in Sydney, which will be freighted to the vessel located on the Gold Coast in two stages.

"It's a significant project," he explains of the complete replacement of teak decks, including foredeck, bridge deck and sundeck - all the upper levels."

"It's a very detailed piece and requires not only technical skill and precision, but the right glue for the job."

The main challenges on the project include the sheer volume of materials required.

"It took a lot of time organise the large volumes of products and materials to undertake the works," Andy explains. "For example, we have approximately 7,100 lineal metres of teak decking, each hand selected, cut to shape and then laid, as well as 168kg of Sikaflex 290 dc deck caulking, 450kg of Techniglue R60 and 170-square-metres of substrate panelling. It's a massive job."

To put it in perspective, the talented craftspeople will be replacing approximately 7.5 kms of teak, handling it with the care it deserves as a costly material and using the highly reliable Techniglue R60 adhesive for bonding.

"We have always used Techniglue because it's so easy to work with, easy to apply and we never have issues. It's the best epoxy glue on the market, it has great working times with both the slow and fast hardeners and never lets go. I've been using it for years and will continue to do so as it has the best results."

Techniglue R60 from ATL Composites is a high strength adhesive suitable for bonding structural elements fabricated from timber, fibreglass, concrete and metal.

R60 is available with a choice of hardener speeds, and the thixotropic nature of the adhesive provides good gap-filling and hold-up on vertical surfaces.

TECHNIGLUE R60 has approval for VOC Compliance under the specification of the Green Building Council of Australia/Green Star Office Design V3 IEQ-13.

It's also available in a convenient, self-mixing cartridge pack making mixing and application quick and mess-free.

O'Neill's team are manufacturing the teak decks to templates at their NSW factory and then flat-packing and freighting the pre-made decking to the Gold Coast team for the installation.

"Navigating this project throughout the current Covid outbreak and Sydney lockdowns has made this job extremely tricky," he continues. "We have employees from all over Sydney, so taking into account LGA lockdowns and compulsory testing, it has been a challenge to manage.

"We've been doing our best to keep the project on time and meeting deadlines while also following all the NSW government guidelines and constraints. We love working on large projects like these and love the challenges that they present daily."

The project is due for completion in October and is currently halfway through. Concurrently, the O'Neill Shipwrights team is working on a complicated refit on board a classic Warren motor yacht, installing custom-designed parquetry flooring and stairs complete with fibre optic lighting.

"Of course, we will be using Techniglue to secure the parquetry flooring to the fibreglass deck substrate. It's a premium product and from experience, we know it's going to last."

More at oneillshipwrights.com.au

Related Articles

Six10 is the solution for running repairs
Handy and easy to use on wood, fibreglass, metal and concrete For on the go repairs, Six10 is handy and easy to use on wood, fibreglass, metal and concrete. Six10 Adhesive is an epoxy thickened with fumed silica, which makes it an excellent moisture barrier. Posted on 18 Dec 2021
Southern Ocean adventure with West System
Lisa Blair's Hick 50 has undergone a structural upgrade Ahead of her journey from Brisbane to Albany, WA preparing for her circumnavigation of the Antarctic in January, Lisa Blair met with Lorraine Duckworth from ATL Composites to stock up on West System products to keep her yacht ship-shape during her odyssey Posted on 16 Dec 2021
Charter Cat carries DuFLEX in its DNA
A new breed of cruising catamaran under construction at Liquid Force Marine DuFLEX panels are crucial to the light-weight and customisable design of a new breed of cruising catamaran under construction at Liquid Force Marine in Cannonvale, just a few minutes from Airlie Beach, gateway to The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef Posted on 29 Jun 2021
Cold Weather Bonding
What's the lowest temperature West System Epoxy can be applied? During the colder months, the Technical Advisers at West System and ATL Composites are frequently asked "What's the lowest temperature West System Epoxy can be applied?" Posted on 21 Jun 2021
New Noosa Cruiser makes use of DuFLEX Strip
7.5m powerboat a brilliant homage to its predecessor A project is under way at Noosa Marine on the Sunshine Coast that is a couple's "forever boat" and a brilliant homage to its predecessor. Posted on 20 May 2021
Coosa delivers strength and longevity
Used internationally throughout marine, industrial and transportation industries The no-rot and light-weight advantages of high-density foam combined with the structural properties of fiberglass make Coosa panels an excellent replacement for wood and other traditional core materials. Posted on 11 Apr 2021
ATL sponsors 2021 Maritime Trail
Suppliers and sponsors share their expertise and passion for craftsmanship and creativity History comes alive during the 2021 Maritime Trail, when wooden boat proponents and their suppliers and sponsors share their expertise and passion for craftsmanship and creativity in a restructured event in line with Covid-19 regulations. Posted on 18 Feb 2021
ATL supplies solution for single shot 80L casting
A recent project at Blackpond Marine relied on ATL Composites' Technirez R1510 system A recent project at Blackpond Marine relied on ATL Composites' Technirez R1510 system to breathe new life into the stern tubes of a long-range cruising aluminium superyacht, MV MY WAY. Posted on 2 Feb 2021
Deal Island 50 fills a niche
A new breed of timber boats A new breed of timber boats is the speciality of the craftspeople at the Wooden Boat Shop, renowned for classic coastal cruisers that combine timber, traditional techniques and high-tech composites. Posted on 19 Jan 2021