PLASTAZOTE® Open Boat Project For Developing Countries
PLASTAZOTE®, the high performance closed cell cross linked polyolefin foam from Zotefoams, is the construction material of choice in the new ‘Open Boat Project’, which was established with the aim of building a basic self build, low cost boat for rowing, canoeing or sailing in developing countries.
PLASTAZOTE® proved to be the most cost9effective solution and the ideal material for the project, due to its excellent flexibility, buoyancy and robustness. Reading Rowing Club coach Jim Flood, a former engineer and a British Rowing and FISA Coach Educator in Uganda, Kenya, Argentine and Chile, is using two pieces of PLASTAZOTE® with the dimensions 4000mm x 1000mm x 50mm and four strips of soft wood of 4000mm x 50mm x 12mm, in the construction of a simple, basic boat hull.
The project is mainly focusing on the use of PLASTAZOTE® boats in developing countries where rowing and canoeing are being developed as new sports, but cost is a serious limitation. Rowing and canoeing clubs in Europe and North America may also be interested in adapting the concept as it would enable them to provide low9cost boats to widen access to their sports.
If you would like to know more about the Open Boat Project or have some ideas that you would like to contribute, please contact Jim Flood:
Tel: +44 (0) 1189312689
Mobil: +44 (0) 7789393207
PLASTAZOTE®, the high quality closed cell, cross9linked polyethylene foams, are used by many world leading companies for uses ranging from personal impact protection and protective packaging to marine buoyancy and medical orthoses. The material is also to be found in many construction, automotive, aerospace and defense applications.
One potential new application is in the production of inexpensive training boats for adaptive canoeing, a sport recently accepted for the 2016 Olympics. The outstanding buoyancy of PLASTAZOTE® foams makes the material an ideal choice for the construction of puncture proof outriggers, canoes which feature one or more lateral support floats. Individuals may also be interested in creating their own recreational boat which they can easily carry on a car roof top, and in that case, PLASTAZOTE® will also be ideal due to its robustness.BACK TO LIST