Catamarans from recyclable materials being built in France

Catamarans from recyclable materials, green technologies in shipbuilding

Biosourced and recyclable materials – basalt fiber and PET foam – are used to build a brand new catamaran Windelo.

Two well-known French marine design engineers Frederic Neuman and Christophe Barreau came up with an idea to build a yacht having smaller ecological footprint.

They established a yacht-yard in Canet-en-Rousillon, in the South of France to implement this project. There, both designers who have had an experience of joint work, are turning their dream into reality.

Windelo is doing its eco-friendly operations by providing efficient use of water supply, energy resources and waste management. “Respect for the environment” is the startup’s credo.

Innovative, comfortable and unique catamarans are made from biosourced and recyclable materials: basalt fiber and ArmaForm® – foam made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), mainly from reused drinking bottles.

The following basalt fiber properties attracted the yacht-builders:

  • natural material produced without any additives
  • 100% recyclable
  • unique fire, heat and chemical resistance
  • high mechanical properties – 10-15% stronger and stiffer than glass.
  • environment impact energy: 91,5kg glass would equate to 1000kg basalt
  • environment impact CO2: 115kg glass would equate to 1000kg basalt

In addition to the sail, catamarans will have a hybrid electric propulsion. The batteries are possible to recharge from a wind generator, solar panels or an onboard diesel generator.

Windelo catamarans differ in dimensions and design: from 45 feet (13.716 m), 48, 50, 54 to 57 feet. Windelo 50 and 54 are already available for order on the company’s website. The other options will be available in 2020-2022.

Each product line has a different “filling” – for sports enthusiasts, passionate researchers and a luxurious option.

Salon project Windelo 54 Yachting. Credit:

A novelty was showcased at the Cannes Yacht Festival in 2019, where several manufacturers were presenting some green solutions.

Sustainability is getting a great trend. During another outstanding event, the International Yacht Show in Genoa, well-known Amer Yachts announced a decision to use basalt fiber in its production.

Translated by Olga Yurchenko


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