Fiberglass boats are popular because of their hydrodynamic design which provides outstanding maneuverability, soft rides, and stylish looks. Pressed aluminum boats are also popular because they have the ability to be light weight and plane easier. Plate aluminum boats are highly respected because of their robust structure. Each category has its advantages, but none provide all the beneﬁts together.
Only one craft offers all these advantages – Black Point Marine. By adopting advanced metal forming technology and new design concepts, Black Point Marine has revolutionized boating by providing superior control and riding quality with a light weight, easy planing, and robust hull.
Black Point Marine boats are revolutionary because of their unique aluminum plate formed hulls. During forming, several thousand tonnes of force are applied on premium aluminum plates and the material becomes liquid-like, evenly spreading on dedicated design dies. Flat plates become complex shapes. This allows the single-plate bottom of Black Point Marine Boats to incorporate reverse chines, strakes, and variable deadrise, and eliminate an external extrusion keel. Additionally, side plates and gunwales can now be integrated into a stream line shape with second chine and a flared bow. Together, these formed plates give the hull outstanding hydraulic properties, static and dynamic. That’s why we call it the Hydro Hull.
Strength is another important characteristic of the Hydro Hull. The formed plates act as a strong outer shell, an exoskeleton. This ‘unibody’ concept might seem familiar, because it is highly popular with high end sports cars, airplanes, automobiles and top-end bicycles. No longer dependent on frames alone to provide structural strength, the net result is a stronger, lighter and more rigid integral structure. Special folding technologyis also used to construct stiffeners and transom. A folded stiffener system and transom dramatically decrease welding and increase rigidity and durability.
Hydro Hull take things another step further: a rigid shell means robot welding is now a possibility. Robots are blind and can only follow fixed paths. If the deviation between pieces is greater than 1mm, parts cannot be welded by robots. High-tech forming turns flexible plates into self-rigid exoskeletons and keeps the deviation under control. The end effect is that we are able to consistently reproduce identical welds on the Hydro Hull time and time again.