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A new company plans to make rotomolded fishing boats in Durham, N.C. Logic Marine Corp. expects to reach commercial production by late June, said Mac Kerbey, chief financial officer. The first product will be an 18-foot recreational fishing boat using technology licensed from Allied Plastics International Ltd. of Auckland, New Zealand.
Allied Plastics' technology allows production of one-piece boat hulls as long as 30 feet, said Bruce Hassan, Logic Marine vice president of operations. Conventional rotational molding technology is limited to 10-foot boat hulls, after which longitudinal twisting makes the process impractical, Hassan said.
Allied Plastics uses an I-beam system integrally molded into the hull to provide strength in long boat hull constructions, Hassan said. Allied Plastics has been using the system to make 18-foot boat hulls for five years.
Logic Marine will spend about $1 million to establish production, Hassan said. The firm will start with one rotomolding line and plans to order two more within six months.
Allied Plastics will provide the ovens, but rotomolding machines will be sourced from undisclosed U.S. suppliers, Hassan said. The firm recently began leasing a 76,400-square-foot building in Durham.
The boats will have a one-piece hull bonded to a one-piece, rotomolded deck. The company will rotomold the parts from low density polyethylene.
Logic Marine will expand its line to include 16- to 24-foot recreational boats, and then storage containers, Kerbey said. He said the rotomolded boats will require less maintenance than reinforced plastic types and will be stronger than wood boats.
Logic Marine was established in November by private investors, including Allied Plastics as a joint venture partner. Hassan said his firm is the exclusive licensee for Allied Plastics' technology in the Western Hemisphere.