What Are Composites?
In the marine industry, composites are used to build new boats, new boat parts and to modify or repair existing hulls, interiors and equipment. The most common composites used are resin combined with e-glass, s-glass, aramid (kevlar) or carbon fibre to create a strong, durable and lightweight material that is incredibly versatile and can be used for many different boat repairs and modifications.
Why Use Composites?
There are many benefits to using composite materials in boat building, refits and repairs. Whichever combination of composite materials you use, you can expect a strong and durable, lightweight material that is very easy to maintain.
Benefits of Composites:
- High Stiffness for the weight
- Low maintenance
- Ability to mould complex structures and shapes
- Less corrosion
- Becoming more affordable
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Composite Boat Building
Many modern boat hulls are now made entirely from composites. Multiple layers of fibres and a foam or Nomex (honeycomb) core are laid in or on moulds and then bonded together with resins. Composite hulls are strong and very lightweight in comparison to traditional wood or steel structures, and fibreglass has been a popular choice of composite for boat hulls for many years now. However, we are now seeing an increase in carbon composites for new race yacht builds where the weight saving benefits are fundamental to their performance and speed.