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First nano-composite boat will fight pirates

Zyvex Marine says it has built the first boat made of nano-materials.

The LRV-17 Long Range Vessel is made primarily of carbon fiber-reinforced composites and reinforced with carbon nanotubes, which is designed to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency and range.

The 57-foot boat's range with 1,700 gallons of fuel is more than 1,500 nautical miles — more than three times that of similar-sized vessels — and it reaches sprint speeds of more than 40 knots.

The new boat's deep V-shaped hull uses an active gyroscope stabilizer to decrease human fatigue factors and improve handling at sea, Zyvex said.

Global Maritime Security Solutions of Dubai will deploy the boats for various maritime security purposes off the coast of Africa and elsewhere. One of the primary uses will be to protect other vessels against piracy.

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