Basalt fiber yacht is at the starting line of around the world trip over both poles (video)

Norbert Sedlacek will entrust his life to a basalt fiber yacht, which he will use for a single hand sailing over 5 oceans and both poles.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

Yacht Open60AAL (Ant Arctic Lab project) is scheduled to set off on July 29, 2018. The vessel was designed and built at the Innovation Yachts shipyard using eco-friendly and recyclable materials: basalt fiber, balsa core and biocompatible epoxy resin.

Launched in the French port of Les Sables d’Olonne on May 16, the yacht first saw the Atlantic ocean. Currently, Open60AAL sailing equipment is being installed.

During this extreme ‘around the world trip’ Sedlacek intends to cover 34,000 nautical miles, rounding the North and South Poles in waters with a high risk of collision with icebergs. The yacht will be powered by both an electric motor and a sail.

The main concept of Innovation Yachts is sustainability and recyclability. Recyclable composites, harmless matrix systems and natural materials can ensure high strength and safety of vehicles, they are functional and durable so require more attention when designing transport of the future.

The latest technological, software and engineering developments being applied, 60-foot (18.29 m) Open60AAL will deliver ultimate proof of this aspect. The hull is built of light and durable balsa core and basalt fiber fabric. According to Norbert Sedlacek, basalt hull of the yacht offers enough performance to ensure project success.

Stunning shots: After two years of construction the Open60AAL is finally leaving the hangar. Norbert Sedlacek and his team transport it to the harbor of Les Sables d’Olonne, where the yacht was launched.

A courageous traveler has reason to rely on the innovative material because this is not his first experience with basalt composites. It was in 2013 when he first launched a 5-meter yacht Open 16 Fipofix made of basalt fiber into the transatlantic sailing.

The yacht made two transatlantic crossings for 133 days: from Europe to North America and backwards and covered 10,000 nautical miles (18,500 km) with the help of a sail and an electric motor.

Innovation Yachts announced they prefer to act, that is, to test and implement real solutions. They can offer their customers the most high-quality yachts made from fully recyclable materials based on “green technologies”.

To produce Open60AAL basalt fiber was supplied by Isomatex. The same brand is used by GS4C to develop Loop 650, an eco-yacht nominated for JEC Innovation Award 2018 in Sustainability category.

Cooperation of Ant Arctic Lab and Isomatex is not limited to marine applications: last year a jointly developed drone Vulcano One made of basalt fiber was successfully tested and supplied to the customer.


Companies: Ant Arctic Lab, GS4C, Innovation Award, Isomatex

Countries: Italy

Industries: Construction, Ecology, Marine Transportation and Shipbuilding, Transport

Terms: yachts

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