Sika floats Durbans boat

Sika bonding, sealing and protection products used on La Vue event boatSika’s bonding, sealing and protection products were first choice for use on La Vue, the new 85ft luxurious floating restaurant now resident in Durban Harbour. Sika’s Clinton Venter climbed onboard to ensure Sika’s applications ran smoothly.

Wilson’s Wharf in Durban Harbour, is La Vue, the first 5-Star floating restaurant and events venue in South Africa. Prior to its launch in early November 2014, a number of Sika’s bonding, sealing and protection products were used to ensure the longevity of this 85ft luxurious catamaran.

Each panel of the external deck and the interior dining deck on La Vue was bonded onto the fibreglass structure using Sikaflex-552 AT (approx 60 units), a high performance elastic, gap-filling, one-component, hybrid assembly adhesive. Also bonded with Sikaflex-552 AT, were the tabletops, wooden railings and most of the wooden features on board.

Since time constraints were imposed on this project, Sikaflex-552 AT (fast curing on exposure to atmospheric humidity to form a durable elastomer) was specified. Based on Sika’s silane-terminated polymer technology, Sikaflex-552 AT is solvent-free and isocyanate-free. It is capable of withstanding high dynamic stresses and is resistant to ageing and weathering making it the ideal product for this vessel.

Prior to bonding, Sika Primer-3N (approximately 3 units), a one-component, epoxy-polyurethane, solvent-based primer, and Sika Primer-215 (approximately 12 units), a one-component, solvent-based polyurethane reactive primer, were applied.

For various neatening and sealing of joints, seams and panels on board, Sikaflex-521 UV (approximately 24 units Black and 36 units White) was applied both externally and internally. This multi-purpose, non-sag, elastic sealant is based on a polyurethane-hybrid compound that is non-corrosive with low odour. It is VOC-, and solvent-free, may be sanded or over-painted, and like Sikaflex-552 AT, is fast-curing and ageing and weathering resistant.

To match the colour of the wood, Sikaflex-11 FC??? Brown was used to seal around the stair case panels and the table basesTo match the colour of the wood, Sikaflex-11 FC Brown (approximately 24 units), was used to seal around the stair case panels and the table bases. This ready-to-use, moisture-curing, elastic joint sealant and multi-purpose adhesive based on polyurethane, provides bubble-free curing, good mechanical resistance and is ageing and weather resistant. Sikaflex-11 FC??? is non-corrosive, solvent-free and odourless with very low emission.

After completion of the renovations, an additional hull was added onto the 200-seater La Vue to ensure a load-bearing capacity of 120 tons. Due to Durban’s sub-tropical climate, this ultimate floating masterpiece will be available year-round for parties, speciality theme cruises and custom charters. It is most apt that La Vue, featuring climate-controlled decks, two bars, a dance floor and fine dining, has been sealed and bonded with Sika’s 5-Star products.

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