RI Senator Whitehouse visits Goetz Composites

Twitter picOn January 21st, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse visited our shop in Bristol to hear about the innovative work our company is doing in Rhode Island, and how this work can create jobs in the state. During his visit, we shared our plans for growth and discussed how he can help support the success of Rhode Island’s innovation economy at the federal level. This visit was the first stop in a series that Senator Whitehouse is holding with innovative businesses that are helping to strengthen the state’s economy.

Balsa tooling

Here at the shop our CNC machine is cutting right and left hull molds from laminated blocks of balsa. Balsa grows in Central and South America and is considered a weed. It grows very rapidly and is a renewable resource. In 6 to 10 years the tree is ready for cutting, having reached a height of 60 to 90 feet tall and a diameter of 12 to 45 inches.

Maxi Refit

Goetz latest project is happening off location in Sumerset MA where we are installing a cruising interior in a large race boat.

Falcon is a carbon fiber 80’ Nelson / Marek ILC Maxi. Goetz is custom building an additional head, owner’s stateroom and galley. Our technicians have set up shop with the Goetz Mobile Unit.

Custom retail fixture

Goetz recently shipped this custom retail fixture out for chrome plating. From there it’s on to a high profile retailer in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. Click for more images.

Carbon Fiber weight reduction

A Hinckley 48 flybridge is coming together fast. The carbon part will reduce weight up high helping to deliver a better ride and increase fuel savings.

Hinckley is a trend setter so you are likely to see more carbon and prepreg resin systems used in high quality production boats.

Goetz Composites restores famous Buckminster Fuller dome

compositesworld.com – Racing boatbuilder Goetz Composites (Bristol, R.I., USA) on May 25 unveiled its historic restoration of one of Buckminster Fuller’s most iconic structures, the 24-ft/7.3m Fly’s Eye Dome.

Patented in 1965, Fuller created two prototypes of this structure, a 24-ft and 50-ft/15.2m dome. Fuller writes in his seminal book, Critical Path, that “the Fly’s Eye domes are designed as part of a ‘livingry’ service. The basic hardware components will produce a beautiful, fully equipped air-deliverable house that weighs and costs about as much as a good automobile. Not only will it be highly efficient in its use of energy and materials, it also will be capable of harvesting incoming light and wind energies.”  Read onImage Gallery