GelCoat is applied directly to the female mold, then alternate layers of uni-directional glass and PVC foam core.
The hand layup is so well done that the interior requires minimal finishing.
Another key feature in the construction process is the elimination of the typical hull/deck join.
The mirrored half-hulls produce a stronger boat with NO leaks!
The "keel" of the boat is super reinforced to handle any grounding loads that might occur. PVC foam dagger- boards with S/S cores eliminate the need for crash-boxes.
The expansive aft hard deck (11'9"; x 12'9") is of molded PVC/Glass that is then vacuum-bagged for lightness.
The Dakotas have 4 anodized aluminum cross beams instead of the usual 3 found on most boats. The 4th beam is found under the aft deck. It not only gives more hull connectivity but adds support to the engine pod that is mounted under the deck.
Final safety is completed with water tight compartments that give the Dakota postive flotation.