05 June 2009
05 June 2009
The eXtreme RIB, manufactured from prepreg carbon using autoclave technology, was launched at Ribex in May 2009.
eXtreme ribs is a joint venture between Marström Composites and TornadoSport. It combines the 30-year technical knowledge of the Swedish manufacturer of carbon fibre products, and the commercial expertise of the Dutch company in the marine industry.
Owner Göran Marström said: “Marström Composites has always been driven by performance. The eXtreme rib was born out of the desire to improve the inefficiencies in rib construction using state of the art technology, innovative thinking and passion for premium products.“
The hull of the eXtreme rib is made out of 4 millimetre solid carbon fibre, using prepreg carbon autoclave technology for the best carbon-epoxy ratio.
Accordng to the manufacturer, the construction of the eXtreme rib gives extra lift, pushing water away from the hull, as well as better manoeuvrability and handling.
Herbert Dercksen, CEO of eXtreme ribssaid: “The eXtreme rib is lighter, stronger, needs less horsepower and still outperforms any rib existing in the market to date. We are confident to challenge every manufacturer in the 30 and 40 feet range on strength-to-weight ratio and overall performance.”
Because of the relatively low weight the eXtreme rib can also be transported and craned more easily than a standard rib.
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