WHAT DOES IT HAVE THAT BMW/ORACLE 17 & C-CLASS CATS DON'T?
(Newport, RI)- In the world of composite materials there are always the issues of trade-offs in terms of cost/ performance/ durability and the practical limits of production. Witness the recent advances made in engineering/ design to construct BMWO's massive wing sail. Or, follow the thread in Sailing Anarchy's multihull forum on C-Class cats that describe "monster garage technology" used to create state-of-the-art C-Class cats capable of sailing at near ice-boat wind speed multiples~ 3x faster than the wind. These boats are built to the extreme limits- sail to win one regatta and if it breaks afterwards, you won the engineering arms race.
In the case of the J/111, Zyvex approached J/Boats and Hall Spars regarding their ground-breaking use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in both flat panel and tubular composites. Much of Zyvex's work has been the usual cloak-and-dagger stuff of spy novels, such as ultra-lightweight unmanned surveillance craft, reinforced with carbon nanotubes, operating 24x7 over certain Middle Eastern/ Asian theaters.