THE firm of SaundersRoe under its present title is of comparatively recent date, being probably better known as S. E. Saunders, under which name it has been established many years and gained a worldwide reputation for building highspeed launches, and for its system of constructing the skin of boats from double or multiply planking, sewn together with copper wire. This produced a skm that for toughness and strength was far ahead of other methods of construction. It was, however, expensive, and an attempt was made to produce a ply skin stitched together with thread in a sewingmachine. This construction was called Consuta, but though it was possible to produce enormous sheets by this method, at a considerably lower cost than by the handstitched copperwire system, it made little headway, owing mainly to the fact that it was only suitable for thin skins, and in thin material it was much more expensive than ordinary threeply without conpensating advantages.
Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 1, 1931