Zyvex Technologies Tests Light Weight Piranha Boat

Posted on April 7, 2011

Zyvex Technologies announced that its Piranha boat completed sea trials early this morning near Puget Sound in the Pacific Ocean. A conventional aluminum or fiberglass boat would have consumed 50 gallons or more per hour at cruise speed, while test results prove that Piranha, constructed with nano-enhanced materials, consumed only 12 gallons of fuel per hour while cruising at 25 knots.

The nano-enhanced materials used to make the boat are 40% stronger than metals, such as aluminum, and result in significant weight reduction and increased fuel efficiency. The Piranha weighs only 8,400 pounds, compared to boats of similar size that typically weigh 40,000 pounds. Take a look:

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