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It’s black and light: Carbon fiber boat exposed at Palm Beach show

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Custom-built layers of carbon fiber are left exposed for a clear look into the craftsmanship of Carbon Marine’s new boat. Although parts of the topside of the Paragon 28 Super Sport have silver mixed into the gel, most of the carbon work on the 28-foot tender is open to view, said Allen Barre, company president.

Allen Barre, president of Carbon Marine, shows the Paragon 28 Super Sport during the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Photo by Dorie Cox

Allen Barre, president of Carbon Marine, shows the Paragon 28 Super Sport during the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Photo by Dorie Cox

He describes the boat as the world’s first fully exposed carbon fiber production hull. Built in Canada, the total wet weight is 4,500 pounds, Barre said from the in-water display near the south end of the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

“And that weight’s with 130 gallons of fuel, 14 gallons of fresh water and eight gallons of wastewater,” he said.

“The engine is the same used in a Corvette,” Barre said. “We have run it at 75 miles an hour and have gotten it to 84.”

Allen Barre, president of Carbon Marine, shows the Paragon 28 Super Sport during the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Photo by Dorie Cox

Allen Barre, president of Carbon Marine, shows the Paragon 28 Super Sport during the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Photo by Dorie Cox

Even parts of the motor housing are exposed carbon to keep with the sleek and modern look.

“This design is as clean as possible,” Barre said.
Dorie Cox is associate editor of Triton Today. Comments on this story are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

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