As the vessels we rely upon to reach the bite have evolved significantly, so have the materials we use to protect them. While nanoceramics were first discovered in the 1980s, it wasn’t until 2007 when ceramic nanocoatings for the automotive industry were first developed and distributed. Based on the lotus plant’s wide leaf covered with wax crystals approximately one nanometer in diameter, ceramic coatings imitate nature’s topography of leaf surfaces to achieve extremely high levels of water repellency. Because of the non-wettable surface properties, water molecules cluster together to form droplets that attract dirt as they shed off the hydrophobic surface. Despite thriving in muddy waters, the lotus plant’s leaves always appear clean.
The lotus effect has since been replicated in the automotive and marine detailing industries by applying nano-ceramic material principles with the introduction of silicon and carbon. Ceramic coating incorporates molecular technology that utilizes various particulates to create a water-resistant and invisible layer of protection. When applied correctly, these liquid coatings provide far superior protection compared to simple wax products. Durability of surface coatings is for the first time measured in years, not months.
Most of the ceramic coatings available today are developed with various formulations or silica and have been designed for molecular self-assembly. Because surfaces are protected with a bonded glass substance there will be no more need for waxing periodically. Trips to the boatyard for polishing hull sides will be something you may not do for years. Dirt and black streaks wipe off like a dry erase board. Chemicals will no longer be required to remove stains and simple rinsing and drying will most often take care of all salt and grime. Fish blood can literally sit all day baking in the sun and will still release with just water. With a ceramic coating applied you can be certain to spend two-thirds less time cleaning. Not that you can stop caring for your boat, but your maintenance schedule will be drastically lessened.
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A Whole Different Animal - Wild Cats that Got the Cream
MOST ANGLERS HAVE STRONG BELIEFS ABOUT WHAT HULL TYPE IS BEST. Running hard in rough water requires a seaworthy platform with the strength and stability to keep you safe, comfortable and dry. Among the different trends that have consequently become evident from the evolution of center consoles, boat builders are cornering a new niche of complex and competitive catamarans harnessing more outboard power than ever before. Breaking the barrier with innovative hull designs and deck layouts, the newest catamarans offer unobstructed fishability while providing increased fuel economy and speed per applied horsepower.
Pulley Ridge 2.0 The Jig Is Up
WE’RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOME of the most rewarding bottom fishing north of the equator. If the Sunshine State’s countless reefs, wrecks and ledges aren’t enough to keep you entertained, then you should know about a unique deep-water coral community that exists within a day’s boat ride from Key West. For adventurous anglers lucky enough to have experienced these rich waters, the area has proven to yield a bottom fishing bonanza beyond anyone’s imagination. However, the approach at Pulley Ridge has changed dramatically since we first started exploring the depths nearly a decade ago.
The Lotus Effect - Exploring The Science Of The Shine
THERE HAVE BEEN COUNTLESS TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATIONS inspired by the animal kingdom, with the science of emulating nature known as biomimetics. Evolution has perfected natural designs and environmental approaches over hundreds of millions of years, providing chemists, biologists and engineers with a perfect platform to advance modern materials and manufacturing processes. Learning the way of the lotus leaf has revealed remarkable self-cleaning properties resulting from the unique flora’s ultrahydrophobic surface architecture producing water droplets in nearly perfect spherical shape.
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