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50th Anniversary of Gougeon Brothers, WEST SYSTEM products

28th August, 2018

 

2019 is the 50th Anniversary of Gougeon Brothers Inc, USA.  1969 marked a point in the Gougeon brothers’ careers when they applied all they had learned about wooden structures and epoxy technology to manufacturing—for the first time—a wood/epoxy composite boat.  Adagio, the first large, all-epoxy bonded and sealed wooden boat built without the use of fasteners, was launched in 1970. Adagio has stood the test of time and 2019 will see her begin her 50th season and she will again be a serious contender in the Great Lakes Mackinac regattas in the USA.

Before Gougeon Brothers Meade and Jan got involved, early epoxy systems were difficult to apply as a coating. This led the brothers to look seriously at epoxy formulations with the goal of solving wood’s most difficult problems: its tendency to absorb moisture, and swell.  The Gougeon Brothers developed the formulations that became the basis of the WEST SYSTEM group of products in 1971.  As they say, the rest is history. WEST SYSTEM epoxy products are now internationally recognised as the leading marine epoxy.

ATL Composites, the licensed manufacturer of WEST SYSTEM epoxy for the AustralAsian region, will be showcasing WEST SYSTEM products in the Princes Wharf Building, at the 2019 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, from February 8 through 11.  Our experienced Technical team will be available to answer your questions on the best products and techniques for you to use to increase the life-span of your new wooden boat build, or repair/maintenance project.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to see the classic Joel White designed Haven 12.5 that will be built using WEST SYSTEM epoxy products at the Tasmanian Wooden Boat Centre, by North West School of Wooden Boat Building, USA.  The Haven will be on display at the Festival and will be auctioned at the end of the show to support the free, public event.

Join us in Hobart to celebrate the 50th anniversary of WEST SYSTEM epoxy products at this wonderful event on Hobart’s historic waterfront.
 

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