Olympic’s boat building process involves both innovative
techniques, as well as traditional craftsmanship. In every stage,
only the best materials and brand name components are used to
ensure long-lasting quality. But the key component in producing
a boat is the people who build it. With that in mind, Olympic
staff has been highly trained and specialised in a specific sector.
With safety as a first priority,
Olympic boats comply to the CE regulations. However, we didn’t
stay there. We have established even higher standards than those
necessary, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing
when you travel with an Olympic. And to be sure of that, all our
boats are constructed as unsinkable.
Our hulls have been tested thoroughly
to provide the best performance. Also, all Olympic boats are now
using reversed chines in order to deflect spray downwards and
produce a drier running boat, with better tracking and even more
stability in tight turns.
In our design process, we blend both
style and functionality to create a combination of luxury, performance
and safety. Computer-aided design (CAD) is used to design the
boat and optimise every centimetre to the maximum. Plus, a great
deal of time is dedicated to the details that make every new Olympic
Quality control is performed throughout
the entire build process. The lamination process is closely calibrated
for ratios of glass to resin, for correct pressures on spraying
equipment, for resin temperatures, catalyst percentages and cure
time. These details ensure maximum structural strength and resistance
to the hard marine environment. Finally, all boat parts remain
in the mould through the entire curing process, thereby eliminating
any possibility of warping.
Thanks to our carefully studied production
process, we are able to offer to our customers Olympic’s
five-year limited hull warranty for all our boat models.
process of creating a new mould requires all the experience we
have gathered 26 years at work. After all, a boat's finish and
design are only as good as the mould that forms it. Once the new
model has been designed to the computer, a plug is created for
each fiberglass part. We use the traditional wooden plug technique,
even though it is more expensive and time-consuming than other
The reason is that it is the only
way to ensure a perfect design representation and flawless finish.
All parts are double-checked before the production of the mould
begins.Only special resins are used to create a mould, capable
to preserve their strength and gloss finish for many uses. Nevertheless,
each mould is replaced before its maximum life-span to ensure
the best quality possible.
Each gel coat is applied through its own individual spray gun
to ensure colour integrity. All units receive a minimum cure time
of 12 hours before the lamination process begins, which offers
maximum strength and finish..
Next, a special glass tissue and
chopped glass are applied with special resin formulation. This
layer offers superior resistance to chemicals and water and prevents
Olympic's lamination schedule calls
for seven alternating layers of fiberglass mat and woven roving,
each hand-laid, with double thickness at the keel.
is one of the most important steps and plays a key role in the
strength of the boat. That's why Olympic uses only the best materials
and processes available for laminating decks and hulls. Lamination
starts with a clean mould.
The mould is waxed using a special
compound to create a smooth and imperfection free surface. Once
the mould is prepared and given final inspection, it is ready
for the lay-up process. Each mould is sprayed with a high grade
gelcoat far superior than standard gelcoats, as it offers superior
blister and UV resistance, gloss finish and toughness. Gelcoat
is sprayed into the mould at different thickness where needed.
Thicker on the hull bottom for better water barrier protection
and thinner on the deck for flexibility.
the hull has cured for 14 hours the preassembled, wood grid stringer
systems are put in place. Next, floors, transoms, bulkheads are
fiberglassed to the hull. All wooden parts are made from marine
plywood and are completely encapsulated in hand-rolled fiberglass.
Additionally, all bilge areas are
gelcoated to create a watertight and easy to clean barrier. A
solid composite transom adds extra strength at that critical point
and absorbs all the torque of the drive system.
rough edges are removed and cut outs are made. Precision templates
are used for all cut-outs to ensure accuracy. At this point of
the building process, all parts receive a quality inspection.
We have adopted an extra polishing stage, which gives to all Olympic
boats an ultimate gloss finish that stands out in the competition.
The boat is now ready for final assembly. The process involves
building both a hull and deck separate, then joining the two near
the end of the process.