Zyvex Marine, Pacific Coast Marine introduce nano-enhanced marine composites

Pacific Coast Marine has developed a line of marine doors and hatches made using carbon fiber enhanced by Zyvex Marine's carbon fiber nanotubes; the products offer weight savings of 66 percent and are more durable than aluminum competitors.

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Zyvex Marine (Columbus, Ohio, USA), a division of Zyvex Technologies, and Pacific Coast Marine (Everett, Wash., USA) announced on June 25 a partnership to make the industry's lightest and most durable doors, hatches and other marine closures using nano­composites. The partnership allows Pacific Coast Marine to offer products that feature the latest advanced materials comprised of nano­enhanced carbon fiber.

Zyvex Marine, the pioneer of the 54-ft/16.5m boat Piranha that weighs 8,000 lb/3,629 kg, yet would have weighed 40,000 lb/18,144 kg with traditional materials, is a leader in watercraft and component manufacturing using carbon nanotube­-enhanced carbon fiber materials.

Pacific Coast Marine worked with Zyvex during the last year to develop doors, hatches and closures for current watercraft produced by Zyvex Marine. Now recognizing greater commercial opportunities for lightweight doors and hatches on its boats, Pacific Coast Marine and Zyvex are unveiling a door that weighs 66 percent less than a traditional door – from 150 lb/68 kg to just 50 lb/22.6 kg each – and is more durable.

"This partnership lets us provide our customers with the lightest, most durable marine doors available today. Our products now have a clear advantage when it comes to safety, fuel efficiency and longevity," says Brian Lamma, sales/project manager, Pacific Coast Marine.

Byron Nutley, general manager of Zyvex Marine, says, "Beyond the obvious materials advantage of this partnership, the development of unprecedented manufacturing capabilities for high­performance carbon nano­composites means a cost­-effective price. We went from manufacturing a traditional boat door made of aluminum to a scaled manufacturing process using nano­enhanced carbon fiber."

Pacific Coast Marine used Zyvex Technologies' nano­enhanced carbon fiber technology called Arovex, which is a carbon nanotube and graphene engineered composite material that uses the proprietary Kentera technology to create chemical bonds on the carbon nanotubes.