The use of fibre-reinforced plastic has become firmly established in boat building over many years. The advantage lies in the simple practicability of free form shapes compared with the use of conventional materials such as wood or steel. This results in a very varied scope for design. With targetted use of sandwich constructions, it´s possible to produce lightweight components with high specific mechanical values.
The application of carbon fibers and epoxy resin, in combination with lightweight Nomex honeycombs enables a maximum optimization of weight and stability for uses in water sports from regatta boats, to rowing boats or highly specialized sailing yachts for racing purposes. Nowadays this material combination is also increasingly used for building luxury yachts.
When constructing pleasure boats or large scale production yachts the optimal cost-benefit-ratio of fiber-glass reinforced plastics has resulted in it being used as a standard material.
In the sectors of commercial shipping, passenger transport and the navy; for example ferries, cruise ships or frigates, special fire prevention properties are needed to offer the highest possible safety for the passengers and crew. Fibre-glass reinforced plastics can only fulfill these standards through the use of special raw-materials.
As a general rule the materials for ship and boat building have to be approved by the Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyds Register or Det Norske Veritas.