Jet Boat UHMW

Posted: June 13, 2016 in UHMW
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Late spring has hit the northern hemisphere and in many places it’s warming up consistently now. For many parts of Canada and the U.S. “jet boating” is a seasonal pastime. Jet boats are wide, somewhat flat-bottomed boats designed to shoot across shallow creeks, even sometimes jetting from creek across land, to a creek on the other side. Needless to say, the hulls of these boats take an absolute beating!

That’s where industrial plastic comes in. UHMW polyethylene is used on the bottom of these boats to protect against impact and abrasion. UHMW tests as unbreakable according to ASTM D256 and is also very slick, helping the boat pass any obstacle. For the most part, the boat bottoms are flat perhaps with a slight curvature. The material used is typically 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick UHMW either black-reprocessed or black virgin. The virgin material is more expensive but has about 20% better properties in most respects. If you watch jet boating videos on the internet you almost always will see a black plastic on the bottom of the boat – that plastic is UHMW.

Our recommendation is to mechanically affix the UHMW using bolts or weld washers. UHMW is available from certain vendors with “adhesive” but we have only heard of poor results and this is not recommended!

If you’re looking for a quote on UHMW for your jet boat you can contact Redwood Plastics.

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