There are absolutely no shortcuts during any stage of Evolution Boats’ construction process - all fibreglass is hand–laid for ultimate hull strength — and, as a company owned by serious anglers, all boats incorporate functional fishing–related features that other manufacturers seem to overlook. Committed to excellence, safety and quality, Evolution Boats enjoys the highest reputation for its unique design, unparalleled performance and matchless construction. The following images show some of the stages in the construction of Evolution’s 550 and 650 series. These processes are applicable to all models in the range.
Hand–laid fibreglass construction is far superior to any other construction method. Evolution uses different weight fibreglass mats and woven rovings to ensure a solid and consistent build, with the same process repeated for each boat. Hand–laying the hull prevents light spots of fibreglass and allows better quality control. It may be a slightly longer build time than other methods, but results in a superior quality laminate.
Hull In Production
Hull has been laid–up by hand with fibreglass matting. The gel coat is sprayed into the hull mould first (in this case, navy blue sides while the rest of the boat is white). This is the first layer of fibreglass on the boat.
Stringers, Floors, Bunks
The hull stringers, floor and bunks are assembled while the hull is still in the mould to ensure the hull keeps its shape.
All Evolution boats are filled with marine quality, closed cell foam, which aids buoyancy, ride comfort and noise reduction. This foam is pumped into the rigid fibreglass stringers and into floor cavities under high pressure to ensure maximum bonding of the foam to the stringers and hull.
Decks are prepared in a separate mould and many fittings are attached prior to joining the deck to the hull. This process allows for a more efficient fit out and increased quality control.
Floor covers are positioned over the floors to protect them during the fit–out process. This boat is approximately half way through the fit–out process and is awaiting a glass windscreen and Polyethylene rotor molded fuel tank. Visible in this image is the functional toe space under the side pockets as well as the underfloor compartment where the fuel tank will be installed.