While we pride ourselves on our racing heritage and the undeniable efficiency and speed of our final product, we pay closest attention to the safety and craftsmanship of each individual boat we create. Because we focus our efforts on every detail of the construction process and insist on using only the highest-quality materials, we feel comfortable offering an unprecedented lifetime warranty on the hull and deck, something no other manufacturer is bold enough to do!
Keys to quality
1 - Proprietary, fully bonded uni-body construction to avoid structural weak points which exist in traditional assembly strategies
2 - Proprietary double vacuum infused construction to maximize hull strength and remove the potential for voids or dry spots that can occur in a single infusion process
3 - Consistent use of the highest quality materials including corecell, 100% Epoxy resin, multi-axial glass fiber and carbon, which we hand catalyze to ensure precision, strength and structural integrity
Here at Jaguar we designed and developed our build techniques in the proving grounds of high-intensity, off-shore racing. Our build is not a 2-piece or a 3-piece process: we create an integrated unibody design where every component of the boat contributes to its strength with loads being distributed and dissipated throughout the structure. Unibody construction is a key factor that makes a Jaguar boat so strong. At high speeds and in rough seas joints create weak spots and can lead to catastrophic failures. Therefore, you can rest assured that every inch of every Jaguar boat will be a part of the same fiberglass whole.
Jaguar boats are bonded with resin and fiberglass rather than adhesives for maximum structural integrity. Adhesive putty, under immense tension, is only so strong and over time the liners, stringers and decks can jar loose. Adhesive putty is also very heavy, therefore, when it comes to single unit construction we do not compromise: our hulls have no adhesive putty and instead we bond everything with fiberglass , Core-cell and Vinylester resin.
Our single unit design and proven layup schedules produce a product that is incredibly strong and light. Where others are adding layers to their layup to cope with the forces at higher speeds, we continue to use the best resins and the best build techniques so we can create faster, more efficient and longer lasting boats.
VACUUM TIGHT LAMINATION
In all of our boats we use a race-proven laminate schedule which has evolved to embrace the best of modern materials. The laminate schedule exploits multiple layers of bi-lateral fiberglass at differing angles, overlapped at every joint, with a layer of carbon embedded into the inner laminates.
Our boats use a “double infusion” process where the outer layers of the layup are laid and infused, then examined for any inconsistencies which are rectified prior to laying core. Once the core is complete the inner layers of glass are laid and the whole part is infused a second time to ensure maximum structural integrity. This process adds considerable time and manpower to the construction of the hull but we believe that it is an investment worth making for our customers.
ROTATING MOLD SYSTEM
A rotating mold system refers to our ability to turn the mold onto its side in order to inspect it and maintain quality control. We do this in order to ensure that there is are no voids between the materials during the vacuum
Proprietary DOUBLE INFUSION PROCESS
We use a sandwich construction process in which we double infuse fiberglass on either side of every piece of core to produce the most structurally sound boats you will find anywhere in the world.
We use a sandwich construction process within our laminate schedule utilizing Core-Cell and 100% Epoxy resin throughout the boat.
We elect to use Corecell throughout our builds whereas others may elect to use inferior products in what they deem to be less critical areas of the hull and superstructure. Genuine Core-Cell will absorb a maximum of 1% of its weight in water over the lifetime of the boat and combined with the Epoxy, glass / carbon layup we create parts that are many times stronger than those using lesser materials. Again this adds to our costs but the end product is structurally superior
In our boats the Core-Cell structure is engineered to fit to the edge of every part of the boat and avoid weak spots / weight associated with other coring strategies.
CLOSED CELL TECHNOLOGY
Different from honeycomb cores, Core-Cell is a yacht grade foam core that is chemically stable, provides better shear and compression properties than its counterparts, has better impact toughness and fatigue resistance and will only ever absorb a maximum 1% of its weight in water over its lifetime. In other words, it’s just a superior boat building material.
HIGH DENSITY, LIGHT WEIGHT
A huge benefit to Core-Cell is that it can be produced in different densities for different applications or sections of the boat to add strength, something we rely on for traveling at high speeds. We deploy Cor-Cell in different densities for specific sections of the boat thus enabling us to engineer the strongest, yet lightest and most fuel efficient hulls in the market today.
Throughout the entirety of every Jaguar we use specialized low temperature cure Epoxy resin both above and below the water line. Whereas other manufacturers will use some Vinylester or Epoxy below the water line we believe that for our boats to last like they do and to avoid surface crazing that is a problem with Polyester resin used by others, the use of premier materials is vital. Hence our entire boat is crafted using the best Epoxy from Pro-set, together with a Quadrex fiberglass and Corecell structural core. We aim to build the lightest, strongest boats on the market. Our transoms are constructed with high density Coosa board with strengthening gussets in the same material rising from the stringers to ensure that out transoms are also fit for a lifetime of use with the power and torque offered by todays outboard engines.
CHEMICALLY BONDED, HAND CATALYZED
We never use adhesive putty to bond anything on our boats. Instead, we choose to use epoxy resin and specialized Epoxy structural adhesive, precisely calculated and hand-catalyzed in a process that ensures that every component of the boat is built to the same exacting standard. Furthermore, when we produce a Jaguar we only use small batch materials in order to guarantee integrity throughout every bond.
Why not Carbon?
Manufacturers are exploiting carbon fiber to build boats and whilst we do use carbon in strategic components of the boats, we do not use it everywhere for two simple reasons: firstly it is extremely complex and expensive to repair and secondly when it fails it gives little to no notice to the operator.
WHY VINYLESTER OVER POLYESTER?
Epoxy over Polyester gives three advantages: firstly strength is significantly higher than polyester, secondly we can remove significant unnecessary weight as Epoxy will flow into the fiberglass mat without the need for layers of chop strand to enhance flow and thirdly it is hydrophobic and thus resists surface crazing that tends to plague Polyester boats.
What’s in the water
The tunnel is one of the major features that makes the Jaguar boat so fast, stable and efficient. The pads and steps, the expanded hull, the anti-stuffing angle and radius angles are all key to components of a fast, safe, great handling and stable boat. Our boats are based on two core hull designs (known internally as “narrow body” and “wide body”), both of which have national and world titles to their credit. These hulls share many design characteristics.
Hull Design AND BEAM WIDTHS
Our hull designs are developed over 30 years to pack air and divide that air to optimize handling, efficiency and stability in rough seas and at high speeds.
The narrow-body tunnel (Boats 28-43 feet) sits in the water at rest but achieves this with no “tunnel slap”. Once under way the air is packed into the tunnel to provide lift from low speeds and an incredibly dry, stable, and level ride.
The wide-body boats have a bigger tunnel to handle the additional weight associated with overall larger boats (40-55 feet with a 12 ft beam). These boats again rise flat onto plane and offer incredible stability at extremely high speeds and rough seas.
Anti-Stuffing Angle For Safety In Rough Seas
Developed by Jack Clarke as a safety feature for Jaguar’s world-class race boats, the anti-stuffing angle at the bow end of the hull is made to stop the boat from nose diving at high speeds. Moreover, the boat is capable of riding on the font of the tunnel until you get yourself out of a particularly large wave. The construction of the anti-stuffing mechanism has been tested and proven and makes rough seas a much safer and more manageable prospect.
Pads and Steps FOR HYDRODYNAMICS
We build our consumer grade boats with pads and steps just like we have done for years on our race level craft. The reason for this is to maximize air-assist and help to displace the weight of the boat, equating to much improved fuel efficiency, top speed, maneuverability and stability. The pads, while they contribute to overall air-assist, primarily act like tracks to keep the boat stable and like the edges of skis, “bite” the water to optimize overall maneuverability. The steps on the other hand, work with the tunnel design to generate massive amounts of lift which decreases wet surface on the hull therefore improving both speed and fuel efficiency simultaneously. Together they make for an incredibly fast and drivable boat.
Radius Angles FOR IMPROVED Aerodynamics
Rather than right angles connecting the tunnel to the left and right hulls, the radius angles, and air separation design is hand-crafted inch by inch, maintaining a smooth surface for air to pass naturally unobstructed. For most manufacturers, delivering such a design with appropriate strength is just too difficult. For us, this is standard and provides our customers with the most aerodynamic tunnel on the market..
Our sister company, Aquantico, is the manufacturing arm to the Jaguar brand. All material and manufacturing standards discussed above are at the heart of everything Aquantico builds. In addition to Jaguar, Aquantico also builds individual, modular marine fiberglass parts and handles contract construction for an elite lineup of specialist boat brands.