Video: Builidng a Recyclable Sailboat

Discussion in 'Materials' started by Skyak, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. Skyak
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    Skyak Senior Member


    I am all for recycling but this just strikes me as 'the easy part' -building.

    Before I will have respect for this I need to see the boat actually be recycled into useful products.

    The questions in my mind -what is the process to reuse the material? They say it will be possible to use the plastic without separating from the fiber -but that implies that the boat will need to be ground up in a very specific way to maintain consistent fiber length. What about the foam core? What about the paint?

    I find it fitting that the test boat is a racer that is likely to be obsolete in a year or two.
  2. JakubT
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    JakubT Junior Member


    The only truly recyclable material in boatbuilding is metal,
    the rest is bait for customers.
  3. Jamie Kennedy
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    Jamie Kennedy Senior Member

    wood is recycled naturally, but gets more complicated if you add epoxy or paint. There is a trade off between longevity and easy of recycling. Didn't some of the early Folkboats get some sort of pine-tar treatment. I wonder how much forest is required to keep recycling the wood for a folkboat every 30 years or so, longer for the frames. Maybe less than we might thing. I'm guessing you might maintain a fleet of a dozen with an acre. Not sure.
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