Shane Mugan, CEO of ExoTechnologies, reveals insights into their pioneering efforts in sustainable marine technology in a recent interview. Ultimate Boats, powered by ExoTechnologies, introduced a fully recyclable leisure boat last year, showcasing their innovative DANU™ technology. This patented composite material is designed for circularity, offering a robust, recyclable alternative to traditional fibreglass and carbon fibre, which often ends up in landfills or the seabed.

The renowned hydrodynamics expert and boat designer, John Moxham, has been instrumental in enhancing the performance of Ultimate Boats’ range through revolutionary planning hull technology, initially conceived during the development of the XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber. This collaboration has resulted in superior handling, stability, and comfort across their commercial and tactical vessels.

At the Southampton International Boat Show, the M-Class model was celebrated, winning the Best RIB Patrol Boat in the World Award. This model exemplifies Ultimate Boats’ commitment to innovation and sustainability, with significant reductions in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Addressing the persistent issue of fibreglass disposal, DANU offers a sustainable solution by allowing for the recycling of both fibres and resin at the end of a boat’s lifecycle, as endorsed by Mike Golding OBE, chairman of the World Sailing Sustainability Commission 2030. While the transition from fibreglass to more sustainable materials like DANU is ongoing, driven by consumer demand and regulatory changes, it represents the future of boat construction.

For leisure boaters seeking to reduce their environmental impact, Mugan suggests practical steps such as reducing speed to save fuel and minimize pollution, proper disposal of waste, and choosing eco-friendly cleaning products.

Looking ahead, Ultimate Boats is excited to return to the Southampton International Boat Show this year to engage with customers and discuss future innovations in marine technology. Off the record, Mugan humorously claims a talent for juggling champagne flutes on a unicycle, highlighting his light-hearted approach and dedication to promoting sustainable practices within the maritime industry.


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