We know that thinking about the environment and the world we live in must be a moral obligation for everyone. At Nabys, we have chosen wood, flax fiber and bio epoxy resin with at least 50% carbon derived from biomass and not from fossil sources because we believe that more sustainable production is necessary. Because the environmental impact required to build and dismantle a wooden product is much lower than a polyester and glass one. But people don’t always want to save the world when buying a boat. And even those who are more attentive to the environment and to reduce their carbon footprint – the footprint we leave on the earth in terms of CO2 released from our life – can decide to opt for something that, although not 100% green, is best suited to their needs. In other words, what they want first is a good sailboat. Only after, they focus on its sustainability capacity.
At Nabys, we build wooden sailboats because we think this is the best option. Let’s consider the environmental issue as a pleasant and beneficial side effect for a moment and focus on the rest.
You only pay for what you use
The wood production process eliminates any parasitic costs. For example, there is no need for a mold, an expense indispensable if you have to buy a new fiberglass boat: the shipyard divides the cost of the molds needed to make the hull and deck on the various models. In practice, you pay for something that only the shipyard needs.
Scraps and waste material decrease and all the material left beyond the mold disappears.
The higher cost that a wooden product can have compared to a product of mass-produced one is mainly due to the higher cost (and relative quality) of wood compared to fiberglass polyester, not to the construction process.
Design and customization freedom
The absence of a mold also translates into the possibility to change the project without the need to make “special adjustments” or to deny the changes altogether. In other words, changing the interior or deck layout is possible and affordable. It does not require false work to adapt an artifact born with another shape and with another function. And all is also beneficial to construction times: the boat is built as it should be, it is not generated and then turned upside down.
Lightness and sturdiness
Flax fiber weighs half the weight of glass fiber, and compared to glass, the structural element of fiberglass, red cedar or okumé plywood – the two woods chosen to make a Nab – weigh a third and a half. As well as the necessary epoxy resin, used to isolate the wood from water and give monolithic compactness to the structure, weighs about one third less than polyester resin and about half less than vinylester resin. In short, in terms of weights, a wooden boat has an advantage over an industrial composite one.
Beyond the specific sturdiness features of the materials, the construction with structural interiors in charge of the dual function of furnishing and reinforcing, contributes to making the construction light and sturdy, with no need for bulkheads or reinforcements for the interior furnishings.
Considering the mechanical characteristics of the product, it goes without saying that, with the same crew, the sailing performance is comparable to that of high-quality composite hulls. Better than those obtainable with a mass-produced product.
Anyone who has entered a new fiberglass boat knows the smell that pervades all spaces. Even those who have entered a wooden boat know what it is. And none of them have any doubts about which is the most pleasant, and healthier, to live with. Not surprisingly, the resin we use is epoxy (it releases less volatile substances than polyester and vinylester resins): the same quality used for products that will be in contact with food such as refrigerators or food containers. Moreover, it has about 50% of carbon derived from biomass and not from fossil fuels.
Wood guarantees greater thermal comfort, thanks to its insulation capacity. This quality is further improved by the thermal insulation characteristics of the flax fiber, much better than glass. In practice, the boat inside is warmer in winter and cooler in the summer.
On-board well-being is further enhanced by a better air humidity management. In a wooden product, the percentage of water vapor present in the air is lower than that perceived on a plastic composite boat. Depending on its abundance or scarcity, it is absorbed and released from the building material itself.
External noise decreases due to the greater sound-absorbing capacity of the wood and linen fibers compared to glass counterparts.
Finally, all the advantages deriving from the possibility of having a boat built on your needs must be taken into consideration. And this, as a well-known commercial says, is priceless.