It is the first ecological boat built in Sardinia. A unique specimen, a prototype of the most widespread and famous drift in the world, the one with which children learn to go to sea and sail independently, the Optimist.
The project, born last year by the will of Nox Oceani, has had a long gestation due to the search for highly innovative and at the same time sustainable materials. And now it's reality: today the presentation at the Yacht Club of Porto Rotondo.
"Today the zero-impact Optimist is a reality - reveals the founder of Nox Oceani Francesca De Natale -. The boat is made of basalt fiber, a recyclable material that maintains its qualities constant over time and which, combined with the resin of vegetable origin used for lamination, replaces the fiberglass commonly used for this type of construction. To complete the realization of some components of the hull, a biofoam was used, a compostable polystyrene with zero impact on the environment, and to finish everything, cork was applied inside the boat".
Technology and materials used in the construction of the boat ofNox Oceani make this Optimist eco-sustainable. Not only that, basalt fiber has very high performance: according to the promoters of the project a step forward compared to fiberglass. "With this boat we want to send a message - explains De Natale - to accustom the new generations to the concept of eco-sustainability and the protection of the world in which we live. We adults have a great responsibility to educate young people about respect for nature, helping to reduce waste to a minimum. For this reason, we hope that, more than any other, the International Optimist Dinghy Association will consider the idea of changing the rule that imposes fiberglass as a construction material for the hull, opening up the possibility of making boats with innovative and ecological materials".
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