The Company

MakMarine

Ross-on-Wye

HR9 7XL

www.c-fury.com

MakMarine has developed an affordable family fun speedboat, featuring smooth-glide™ hull technology. smooth-glide™ uses advanced hydrodynamics including a hydrofoil which offers unique capabilities to deliver fun, performance and safety on the water. Launching in 2007, the craft has been developed to offer class-leading efficiency, range and comfort for waterbourne activites.

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“In addition to the direct materials investigation facilitated by the Polymer Cluster, individual members of the team that we dealt with - Tony Steinert and Steven Cooper - have been a fantastic help, providing advice on materials, suppliers and recommending that we get involved in other DTI backed schemes. We have now followed up on this extra advice and benefited further from assistance via Mustard, the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Connect Amber and Green streams.’

Simon McLouglin, Director, Makmarine

The opportunity 

To launch a brand new breed of lightweight, manoeuvrable, high-speed sea craft for the global leisure market – the c-fury™.

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The Polymer Cluster took on a major signposting role for new company MakMarine, together with project management services co-ordinating the expertise of Rapra Technology, the Innovative Product Development Centre and other resources within the University of Wolverhampton.

MakMarine had no prior experience of either polymers or composites and the Polymer Cluster was able to offer advice on material selection and manufacturing processes in conjunction with industrial partners.

The benefits

MakMarine is at the final engineering design and testing stage and looks forward to the launch of c-fury™. With a dry weight of 275kg and a length of nearly four metres it will be capable of carrying four adults comfortably at up to 35mph and on to a top speed of up to 45mph for a solo rider.

Key highlights

From the start MakMarine wanted to explore the potential for moulding the hydrofoil components, as this would offer a large cost-saving in production.

Many technical issues needed addressing throughout the project including making the hull dynamics work at such a small scale, manufacturing the hydrofoil system at a sensible cost, developing a handlebar steering system for outboard motor and production of the hull.

“It has an intricate hull shape”, says Simon McLoughlin of the innovative
c-fury™, “but Resin Transfer Moulding - Light was identified as an ideal technological solution.” He adds that “Polymer Cluster assistance helped us in the early stages to rule out composites / polymers for the hydrofoil - unless we could increase the hydrofoil thickness hence the material cross sections”.

Additional outcomes

MakMarine have reviewed the overall design of the craft and, with the benefit of on water dynamic testing, have now been able to modify the hydrofoil design to give an increase in cross sectional area of 25%, offering a greater chance for developing a composite / polymer foil in the future.

Jobs at MakMarine have been safeguarded through the c-fury™ project and the company is currently preparing pre-production craft for launch later in the year.