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VIDEO: Classic Plastic

Until the late 1940s and 1950s, most boats were made from wood. It was shapeable, strong, and easy to acquire. But it had one major problem: it was heavy. A secondary downside was that wood is susceptible to rot.

In the late ’40s and early ’50s, boatbuilders started producing boats from female molds built up with layers of fiberglass cloth soaked with catalyzed polyester resin. The rest, so to say, is history. Today most production boats are built using these materials. Others are often made of metal, composites or are cold molded.

This video shows a presentation about how fiberglass and resin can be used to build lightweight and durable boats:

While fiberglass is excellent for boat building, it’s not a great material for the environment. The question of how to dispose of old, damaged or unwanted fiberglass vessels is a challenge. You can read about solutions to the problem in SoundingsMarch 2016 issue. 



VIDEO: Skype Founder Brings Electric Propulsion To Yacht Racing

Two competitive sailors, one a billionaire, the other a yacht designer, have teamed up to create a revolutionary all-electric propulsion system for performance yachts that makes sailboat racing even greener. They want to develop the technology further, so that it can be applied to larger vessels and other boating markets. WATCH


VIDEO: Women And Children First

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is building a replica of RMS Titanic’s Lifeboat 13, which carried more than 50 passengers to safety after the passenger liner struck an iceberg and sank off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912. WATCH

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VIDEO: Going Electric In Style

More builders are getting in on the electric boat movement, but a Finnish electric propulsion maker, which has been installing its electric saildrives in various manufacturers’ boats, is now getting into the game with its own stunning motorboat. WATCH


VIDEO: The Only Way To Cross

Before she was sunk by a German torpedo in 1915, Lusitania was one of the grandest and fastest passenger ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean. This video has more. WATCH.

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For those boat operators who do not relish the thought of docking a yacht, Volvo Penta may just have invented a dream solution, advanced self-docking technology that will allow a yacht to dock itself. WATCH


VIDEO: Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Scrimshaw

To stay occupied on years-long voyages at sea, sailors aboard 19th-century whaling ships would create artwork with the ivory and bones recovered from the whales they harvested. WATCH.

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Autonomous Boats Coming To Amsterdam

The Dutch city of Amsterdam has teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to develop autonomous boats, called Roboats, to deliver people and goods via its canals. WATCH

VIDEO: Titanic’s Shoe Ghosts

More than 100 years after RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, all that remains of the more than 1,500 people who perished is their shoes and other personal belongings. This video explains why. WATCH