Logic Marine Corp. of Durham, N.C., is looking toward its year 2000-model fishing boat, right on the heels of winning an award.
``We just started tooling on our 20-foot offshore fishing boat that is rated to 200 horsepower. It's the largest entirely rotomolded boat ever to be made, to my knowledge,'' George Blaisdell, director of engineering, said by telephone. ``We keep pushing the envelope on making bigger boats.''
Blaisdell said Logic makes its own molds. The 20-footer will come out in the spring of 1999.
Also, Logic received the National Society of Professional Engineers 1998 new product award in the small company category at the association's July 23 convention in Tulsa, Okla.
NSPE of Alexandria, Va., said in a news release that winners are chosen based on their innovative use of engineering principles and materials and benefit to society.
Logic's winning V-Series 15- and 17-foot fishing utility boats are rotational molded using linear low density polyethylene. The compound includes color and resists breakdown from ultraviolet rays.
Logic said in a news release that because the boat is a double-walled, single piece, it is five times more impact resistant and costs 40 percent less than fiberglass and, unlike aluminum or wood, it will not corrode or rot.
Logic had sales of $3 million in 1997, placing it 70th in Plastics News' survey of North American Rotational Molders. The company employs 26.