The FRP Composite Technology

 

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics consist of hardened plastic resins that are reinforced by encapsulated glass fibers. These resins may be epoxy, polyester, polyvinyl, etc. Storage tanks, bus benches, aircraft, automobile, and boat are familiar applications. Even though the technology is several decades old, new developments in composite material and construction technique continue to advance the systems.

WaterMark Marine is committed to delivering the latest, state-of-the-art, aircraft type, composite technology as part and parcel of our construction techniques. Modern ISO9000 certified AME ® resins, and closed-cell polyvinyl structural foams are used exclusively in our products. Our goal is to eliminate the incorporation of skinned wooden components which are subject to deterioration from dryrot and other common causes of wooden component failure.

To achieve this goal, we have selected the latest fiberglass fabrics and mat-coring products, such as 1701 Nytex ® (a combination woven biaxial textile/stitched mat product), and Baltek Coremat ®. Our lay-up schedule includes squeegied, hand layed-up, vacuum bagged operations, all labor intensive, but exacting of a skilled craft -- there is no chopper gun construction, period. We use Glas-Craft ® multi-stage gell coating equipment, featuring precise external catalyst injection, in an environmentally controlled atmosphere.

We have engineered our custom, foam filled fiberglass stringer systems to exactly fit the deadrise of our hulls. When bonded to our composit flooring panels, a unit-body system is created that has exceptional strength and resistance to flex and twist. The enclosed cavaties are filled with closed-cell water proof polyvinyl foam that adds strength and also serves as safety flotation material.

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