The Layton Bay Boat line was born out of a vision the Layton’s had to create a boat that solved the common problems they had seen throughout their years in repairs. Since 1998, the Layton’s have worked on and repaired boats from 10’ to over 60’ and have learned through this experience what it takes to make a quality boat and the consequences of cutting corners in the manufacturing process.
1. THE MOLD For Layton’s, making a quality boat starts in the mold. First the mold is cleaned, prepped and waxed taking the utmost time to make sure the finish is perfect. Any imperfection during this preparation will transfer through to the finished Hull so attention to detail is a must.
2. GELCOAT A layer of high quality Gelcoat is sprayed in the mold and measured for the proper thickness, to much Gelcoat the finish could crack over time, to little Gelcoat and finish will not last.
3. FIBERGLASS Before the Gelcoat has time to cure, the first layer of fiberglass, called the skin coat, is applied over the Gelcoat. The skin coat has small chopped pieces of fiberglass coated with Vinyl Ester Resin. Once the skin coat has set we continue the process by applying fiberglass woven rover material and fiberglass chopped matt, layering one on top of the other to make the laminate schedule. Throughout the Fiberglass lamination process we continue to use 100% Vinyl Ester Resin. Many other boat builders will only use Vinyl Ester Resin for the skin coat and substitute with a polyester resin for the rest of the hull to save money Layton Bay Boats are made with only 100% Vinyl Ester Resin from skin to edge for superior strength and waterproofing.
4. JOINING Once the hull is finished, the stringer system is ready to be joined to the Hull making a single part - No putties or glues here, again fiberglass matt and Vinyl Ester Resin.
5. FUEL TANKS Next the fuel tank is dropped in with the forward and aft tank bulkheads tied to the hull and stringer system. Any void space around the tank is then foamed.
6. ASSEMBLY Before the Inside Liner is fiberglassed in wire chasses and fuel hoses are run, the bilge area is painted and sea cocks are installed. The Inside Liner is then fiberglassed the top of the stringer system and bonded with an epoxy adhesive to the top edge of the hull. The Deck Cap is placed in the same epoxy adhesive and through bolted as the rub rail is installed. Finally the console is fiberglassed to the deck and we complete the wiring and add the required hardware to finish the boat. The extra time and effort fiberglassing everything in and using through bolts on the deck gives a raddle free ride in rough seas.
With only Vinyl Ester Resin, a Substantial Laminate Schedule and the highest quality hardware our boats have no problem delivering our Lifetime Warranty.
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