Lightweight Sustainable Canoe
Boatbuilding is one of many industries to have seen a rise in the use of synthetic materials in recent years. Synthetic materials can offer enhanced strength-to-weight properties, however reduce the sustainability of the resulting application due to being man-made.
Flaxland wanted to return to more traditional boatbuilding methods and use only environmentally-friendly fabrics for their canoes. It contacted Composites Evolution after trialling many flax fabrics, and found that Biotex Flax displayed good impregnation and wet out, and tear strength which was equal to synthetic materials.
Composites Evolution worked extensively with Flaxland, who used Biotex Flax 4×4 Plain weave and Biotex 3H Satin weave to create two versions of their natural fibre canoes. The Plain weave offers a resilient and durable canoe with a net weight of less than 12kg. The Satin version was created to give a lightweight option suitable for racing and has a net
weight of just 8kg.
The canoe made from 1 layer of Biotex Flax Plain weave/Biotex 3H Satin and a UV cured bioresin (EcoComp UV-L resin), provided by Sustainable Composites.
Why Biotex Flax?
Flaxland trialled and tested a variety of fabrics and found that Biotex Flax suited the projects needs and gave optimal performance for it to create its lightweight and durable natural fibre canoes.
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