Lightweight, Nano-Composite Boat Unveiled by Zyvex Marine

19th July 2012

Zyvex Marine, a division of Zyvex Technologies, has announced the global launch of the LRV-17. The advanced Long Range Vessel is designed for fuel efficiency and rough sea stabilization with a sprint speed over 40 knots and a range of over 1,500 nautical miles, more than three times the range of comparatively sized vessels. The vessel makes extensive use of lightweight materials to increase range and maximize performance.

The LRV-17 is built from Arovex, a carbon fiber nano-composite system (carbon fiber reinforced plastic enhanced with carbon nanotubes or CFRP-CNT) that reduces structural weight, allowing for more efficient fuel usage and increased range. This is the first time nano-composites have been used as the primary material for a manned vessel. Global Maritime Security Solutions (GMSS), a leading maritime security company based in Dubai, will deploy the vessels for maritime security, including piracy protection, off the coast of Africa and surrounding areas.



“As the first molecular nanotechnology engineering company in the marine industry, we are proud to launch a manned vessel platform after successfully proving the unmanned platform and then introducing the industry’s lightest and most durable doors, hatches, and other marine closures. These applications of nano-composites are advancing commercial and defense partners’ capabilities when it comes to safety and efficiency,” said Byron Nutley, Vice President of Zyvex Technologies and General Manager of Zyvex Marine.

The 17-meter (57-foot) vessel’s deep-V hull is designed for fuel efficiency and uses an active gyroscope stabilizer for improved sea handling and decreased human fatigue factors. It is fully deployable with only two operators and can be equipped with an additional four shock-mitigating seats for support personnel, allowing six crew to remain at sea for over five days.

Zyvex recently announced a number of marine products made from its nano-enhanced carbon fiber materials. These included the 54’ boat Piranha that weighs 8,000 pounds which Zyvex claim is just 20% of the total weight of the vessel had traditional materials been used. Similarly, Zyvex also showed a marine door that weighs 66% less than a traditional component – from 150 pounds to just 50 pounds each.

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