FRP-Coated Rubber Wood Canoe

Central Institute of Fisheries Technology has developed a fibre glass reinforced plastic (FRP) coated rubber wood canoe for operation in marine and inland waters. The rubber wood, which comes as a waste from rubber plantations is upgraded through chemical preservative treatment and the canoe made using the treated wood is further given a sheathing of FRP.  The technology has made possible the utilization of rubber wood and also provided additional dimensional stability through sheathing.   The FRP sheathing provides water proofing, reduces maintenance, resistance to impact and abrasion and prevents attack of marine borers and other decay causing organisms besides giving an extended service life and better appearance for the wooden canoe.  Canoe made of treated rubber wood and sheathed with FRP will give a maintenance free service life of 15-20 years.

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