Campion Boats (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) has built and successfully tested the first high-performance pleasure boats with hulls, liners and decks molded from composites with bio-resin matrices. The bio-resin, ENVIREZ 86300 T-25, formulated by Ashland Performance Materials, Composite Polymers (Dublin, Ohio), features 12 percent bio-resin content and is designed to provide high elongation and toughness properties that deliver the impact- and crack-resistant attributes desired by the marine industry. The two boats, Campion's Chase 550 and 600 (pictured in photo), have provided the platform for final evaluation of the resin for this use. In addition to using ENVIREZ resin, Campion Boats also used Ashland's LE series white gel coat (WG-LE-2644) and the MP-series gel coat for colors.
The first ENVIREZ bio-resin, ENVIREZ 1807, was introduced to the market in 2003 and was formulated with soybean oil and corn-derived ethanol. That product first found use when John Deere Corp. (Moline, Ill.) began using the resin in side-body panels for its farm equipment. New formulations by Ashland have expanded the uses for ENVIREZ resins, allowing their use in many other applications.