An application of CompPair’s healable composite materials, HealTech™, has been developed in collaboration with Gunboat, a company designing and selling the world’s premier high-performance cruising catamarans. The materials are now being tested on a Gunboat 68 that is scheduled to launch later this month.
For boatbuilders, the benefits of HealTech™ panels are twofold: saving weight by using lighter panels and reducing repair time by 99%. CompPair’s solution enables Gunboat to efficiently repair an internal panel, should it get dented during construction or throughout its lifetime. Preliminary tests performed at Gunboat’s factory in La Grande-Motte, France show that dents on HealTechTM panels can be repaired in 2 minutes without impacting the paintwork – a remarkable capability compared to previous repair times of up to 2 days, plus the resources required and inconvenience of immobilizing a yacht. The CompPair panel on Gunboat 6805 will continue to be monitored and tested over time through regular use of the yacht.
CompPair’s lakeside location and local environment have made the marine industry one of several strong opportunities for the company’s first implementations. Lake Leman has been at the root of various cutting-edge innovations in the sailing industry, and now the potential of CompPair’s HealTech™ solution is vast. Befittingly, the test panel is fitted on a high-tech Gunboat that will complete sea trials in the coming months in the South of France and commence sailing adventures around the world.
The CompPair team is delighted to share this news, having worked on this project for the last few months. Other similar implements are running in parallel and will be revealed in the coming months. Stay tuned to find out more about CompPair’s progress!
Read the full Press Release below, to find out more about this collaboration, including quotes from William Jelbert, COO of Gunboat and Amaël Cohades, CEO of CompPair.
(image pictured below is a Gunboat model 6801, pictures of the Gunboat 6805 to come soon)