Abrasion-resistant composites

Aluula Composites has appointed boat parts manufacturer Incidence Sails of France to help commercialize its Durlyte materials for marine applications.

The material will be mainly used in batten pockets, bolt ropes and high wear points such as stanchions and spreaders, decksweepers and sail bags, the comp-any said.

According to Allula, Durlyte has ten times the abrasion resistance of similar materials and a lowerfriction surface. It also absorbs no water and is bacterial growth resistant. It can be seam taped and is thermoformable, the company said.

The composites will reportedly be used in the Biotherm yacht during the round-the-world yacht event The Ocean Race.

“The combination of Durlyte’s extreme abrasion, tear and UV resistance coupled with zero water absorption make it an attractive choice for a technical sail brand such as Incidence Sails in reducing the weight of their sails while greatly improving durability,” said Aluula Composites director, Dave Westwood.

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