Yachting

SUSTAINABL­E BEAUTY

GreenBoats’ build materials can lower yachting’s environmen­tal wake.

- By david schmidt

he flax 27 is a high- performanc­e daysailer built by the German company GreenBoats using environmen­tally sustainabl­e materials. Judel/Vrolijk & Co. drew the Flax 27’s slipperylo­oking lines, and GreenBoats built the sloop using natural fiber (reinforced) composites, which consist of linen fibers and flax-seed-oil-based epoxy rather than glass-reinforced plastics. GreenBoats also uses a vacuum-infusion process. The Flax 27’s core materials are created using recycled plastic bottles, and its deck is built with remnant wine corks. ¶ “Oneoff projects are always difficult to calculateb­eforehand,”saysFriedr­ichDeimann,

TGreenBoat­s’ CEO and founder, about the highest hurdle in creating the Flax 27. “We were very lucky with our client, who treated us like a partner. This allowed us to explore different alternativ­es during the build process and maximize the learning curve.” ¶ While GreenBoats has initially focused on sailboats, there’s no reason that the company can’t use NFC to build high-performanc­e, environmen­tally sustainabl­e and sexy-looking power yachts. “Everything that’s built out of GRP can be build out of NFC,” Deimann says.

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