Building boat from Polypropylene Copolymer sheets

Discussion in 'Materials' started by dangtue, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. dangtue
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  2. bobbychuong
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    The company that owns the sunken boat is Viet-Sec in Vung Tau, Vietnam. It's a branch of James Boat http://www.jamesboat.vn/ in Nha Trang. They imported the PPC material from Czech and they have exported some of these boat to this country.

    As far as I know, the PPC material is used for building boat only in Czech and Vietnam, and the PPC boats have just been used for a short time, so people can not say much about them.
     
  3. SamSam
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    WTF. 30 people in a 12 passenger boat in big waves.

    What the boat was made of has nothing to do with why it sank.
     
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    Well, just counting heads really isn't fair as they are only about half the size of us overweight Americans!
     
  5. jonr
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    I'd guess that the problem had everything to do with the overloading and the boat design and nothing to do the material. We have seen a HDPE sheet river boat that seems to be doing quite well, even when bouncing off of rocks that would have dented or holed most other boats.
     
  6. Wavewacker
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    My reading of the properties mentioned the tendency of tearing rather than shattering or breaking. An added rip-stop embedded material might prevent that, I don't know if that is done.
     
  7. dangtue
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    So you mean PPC is ok for boat building? Have you got a boat made of this material? If it is cheaper than fiberglass, I'd buy one
     

  8. Steve W
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    I realize that this is a very old thread but I just wanted to mention that Polypropylene copolymer is the material that thousands of Porta Botes are made out of.
     
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