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AFTERMARKETNew patented fusion technology04/07/2023Save articleIncidence Sails has introduced Aluula Composites onboard the 60ft yacht Biotherm in the around the world sailing race, The Ocean Race.SHOW FULLSCREENAluula Durlyte is being used on board Biotherm as the yacht takes part in The Ocean RaceThe new generation of ultra-light, strong, and recycle-ready composite material, Aluula Durlyte, has taken two years of testing, both on and off the water, and is now being commercialised.The material uses a patented, fusion technology to bond technical films to a UHMWPE core.It is primarily being used for critical sail reinforcement areas such as batten pockets, bolt ropes, and high wear points including stanchions and spreaders with additional applications for the material including deck sweepers and sail bags.The material is said to have ten times the abrasion resistance of competing materials and an extremely low friction surface.Other features include the fact that the material doesn’t absorb water, is bacterial growth resistant, and accepts heat welding so it can be seam taped and is thermoformable.It is a single polymer and recycle-ready.“Given the astounding performance impact Aluula has had on kiteboarding and wind foiling, sailing is a natural next step,” said Aluula Composites director of partner innovation and design, Dave Westwood.“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.”Biotherm’s set up includes a deck sweeper and various critical reinforcements made with Aluula Durlyte.Biotherm is regularly sailing at speeds of 25-30 knots sailing for weeks on end in open ocean conditions, extreme conditions that test sails and the materials they are made with.TopicscompositesMasts, spars, sails & riggingOcean Racesailing yacht

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