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Category: Innovation Bonds

We’re Going to Need a Versatile, Durable, Incredible Boat

In the sprit of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, we wanted to take a look at all of the ways polyurethane makes our time on the water safer and more enjoyable. Polyurethane can be found in surfboards, athletic clothing, and floatation devices. Like in cars, polyurethane also plays many roles on boats.

Comfortable Ride

Boaters today can have the comforts of home inside nearly any seaworthy vessel, thanks in part to flexible polyurethane foam (FPF). It makes seat cushions and carpet pads firm but soft, and keeps bedding materials supportive and comfortable—and it can be molded to fit into those small, curved and hard-to-furnish places found on boats.


Rigid polyurethane foam provides boats with insulation from noise and temperature extremes, abrasion and tear resistance, plus load-bearing capacity—all with remarkably little weight. Reducing the noise produced by engines and other gear is a major concern. Because rigid polyurethane foam can be supplemented with resins that change the kinetic energy of sound waves into heat energy, it can be dissipated into the foam itself.

Dockside Durability

Rigid polyurethane foam works on shore as well, in the form of two-part pourable urethane that can fill voids in dock pontoons and barrels. In its closed-cell, high-density format, rigid polyurethane foam is also an excellent material for clear, lightweight, durable indoor and outdoor signs and billboards. The foam’s water and solvent resistance makes it virtually impervious to temperature extremes, rain, snow, ice or frequent sprinkler watering, and the material does not warp after exposure to the elements.

Whether Shark Week leaves you more curious about our seas or hesitant to step a toe in the water, you can rest easy knowing the versatility and durability of polyurethane is there to support you.