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Paper yacht, anyone?

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A GP/Nomex/GP-hulled sportsboat would be quite something, althopugh no idea what you'd paint it with - perhaps nothing?

If they can get this stuff to market, then, yes, definitely.

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Is it lighter than sail cloth?

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Not only could this be used for hulls, it would be excellent for rigid wingsails!
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Well, steel is pretty much a 19th-century technology. Isn't it about time for something better, that would be cheaper too?

Glass, ice, titanium, aluminum...there's all sorts of stuff that beats the pants off steel but it ain't dead YET.
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Good link !
I see graphene paper sails in future ...

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There is a strong resistance from a lot of insurance companies to insure carbon fibre boats (we have at least one here in NZ that decline any insurance application on a CF boat) and we all know how strong that stuff is.

Good luck getting insurance on a paper boat.


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