In the never-ending search for fuel economy and performance, reducing the weight of a boat is a key factor.
One of the latest materials that is contributing to this goal is Thermhex from Sheffield-based Panel Systems.
Available as sandwich panels in a range of standard specifications they use polypropylene honeycomb to deliver weight savings of up to 85% compared with materials such as plywood and can be used structurally as well as for internal fixtures.
The material is ideal for everything from doors, cockpit bottoms, internal fittings, furniture and furniture components to sound abatement, the reinforcement of decks and decking panels as well as for structural or decorative bulkheads.
It can also make a boat safer – Panel Systems states that thanks to its construction, when used as a core material, the product will stop a split within the structure of the boat from extending further.
Thermhex can be used for most types of leisure boat, from small sailing cruisers to state-of-the-art superyachts, giving owners the reassurance of strength and durability in addition to significant weight savings and reduced fuel consumption.
It is resistant to chemicals and moisture and is 100% recyclable.
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