23 December 2014
23 December 2014
EzyTopper, a boat you easily can lift by yourself and put on top of your vehicle for further transportation has been manufactured by the Australian company Enlightened Boating using DIAB’s Divinycell.
According to DIAB, the little “take-along” weighs only 40 kg, and is a perfect choice should you stumble on a little lake and decide to do some spur-of-the-moment fishing.
Car toppers are small fishing boats, traditionally made in aluminium, which can be carried on top of a car or camper. Aluminium structures offer excellent corrosion resistance and can last for decades without paint protection. They are also very strong durable. Still, weight can be a concern, especially if you have a smaller car or a van.
That is why John Hall, Managing Director at Enlightened Boating, based in Queensland, Australia, started to manufacture fiberglass over sandwich core hulls. Enlightened Boating offers two different brands of lightweight infused core boats – the smaller EzyTopper and the slightly larger CrossXCountry, which requires a trailer. The EzyTopper is available in four sizes: 3.0 and 3.7 meter Barra as well as 3.7 & 4.1 Vee hull design. The 3-meter boat weighs only 40 kg, so it is possible for just one person to load it on top of a vehicle.
According to Enlightened Boating, the bearable lightness of EzyTopper is the result of a state-of-the-art infusion process. “We use Divinycell, says John Hall at Enlightened Boating. DIAB offers the best core finishes for infusion and we need the lightest patterns. That saves us not only weight but also cost, as we minimise the use of resin. We have tried other cores, he adds, but they used too much flow medium or were too heavy”
According to DIAB, the composite construction brings other advantages as well. As a fishing rig, the EzyTopper can do anything a similar sized aluminium boat might do, yet with the advantage of being totally unsinkable, thanks to the sealed construction. It says it also offers incredible performance with low horsepower, which means substantial fuel savings and benefits the environment. The sandwich core used throughout the hull makes the boat very quiet at rest and under and if you need to repair one of these boats, all you need is a surfboard repair kit.
John Hall has been working with DIAB from day one and he hasn’t seen any better structural core for strength performance and weight savings. “Those who have tested the EzyToppers are astonished, says John Hall. With highly favourable power to weight ratios and super slick wetted surfaces, these boats nearly fly. The 3.7m Barra, powered by a 9.9hp Suzuki four-stroke outboard, tops out at a full 40 km/h. As this craft has engine ratings to 15hp, you need to keep a strong grip on your hat”
Photo provided by Diab.
The sister ship of the renowned passenger ferry Vision of the Fjords takes sustainability one step further. A catamaran constructed from carbon fibre composite that runs entirely on batteries, Future of the Fjords will offer sightseeing with a minimum of environmental impact.