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Fender Systems
The main current applications are as follows:
leisure – complete fendering systems for luxury tenders and motoryachts
leisure – bathing platform reinforcements for superyachts and megayachts
military – patrol, raiding or interception craft
commercial – production RIBs (inc SOLAS)
commercial – pilot boats and fast crew vessels
commercial – fast rescue craft/lifeboats
Why specify?
The alternatives to foam elastomer technology are rubber fenders, inflatable
tubes, ionomer foam and hypalon foam.
We believe that Hippo Fendering offers the following benefits over
these technologies:
it is ultra-light compared to rubber fendering (from 3kg/m), therefore
minimising hull weight and boosting vessel performance in projects where speed
and mobility are vital
it will not puncture or lose pressure in the way that inflatable RIB collars can, so is
ideal in situations where pneumatic collars are perceived to represent too much
of an operational risk
it potentially offers better energy absorption properties and lower transfer
of loads to the hull than ionomer type fendering (depending upon the
application-driven combination of materials we decide upon)
it presents very little risk of permanent shrinkage and offers very high tear
resistance – as opposed to the hypalon/foam systems which can remain
permanently deformed following collision and which are relatively easily torn
Other benefits of Hippo Fendering are as follows:
it is light enough to be bonded to the hull, for simplicity of fixing. No more
drilling bolt-holes, or watching fenders split around those bolt-holes. 95% of our
customers are now successfully bonding Hippo Fendering onto their hulls, with
adhesive recommendations and installation guidelines and technical support
from us as required
however, for customers with a preference for non-bonded installation, a number
of different mechanical fixing systems can be incorporated into Hippo systems.
for best in class durability, Kevlar™ reinforcement can now be built into the PU
skin of our sprayed fender systems
it is completely non-marking, which is of great interest to yacht owners and
navies in particular
it is available in a full spectrum of colours. We now have developed a unique,
completely UV-stable white PU, which can be used as the basis of all light colours.
As we pigment the PU ourselves, we can mix colours to customer specifications.
we offer a number of very neat jointing and termination options for
our fendering
the surface finish and quality, especially of the moulded fendering, is
extremely high