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

Goetz and Hinckley partner in an OEM agreement

We are pleased to announce that The Hinckley Company has chosen Goetz to build and supply the flybridge component of their new Talaria 48. The parts will be built in prepreg carbon fiber embodying both the leading edge technologies, and the highest levels of finish that are inherent in every Hinckley yacht.  By utilizing the same technology we used to build the structure of the BWM Oracle Trimaran that won the 33rd America’s Cup, the flybridge will be lighter and stronger than conventional layups.

The relationship fits perfectly with the Goetz skill set which is focused on delivering the highest quality composite hulls, decks and structures available anywhere in the world today. Likewise, The Hinckley Company has been an industry innovator and has continuously built some of the world’s most advanced and beautiful yachts since the company’s founding in 1928. Seven new T48’s have been sold to date. Find out more about the T48 – hinckleyyachts.com


Goetz engineers and laminators worked with Zyvex Technologies on the Piranha Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) in the 4th quarter of 2010. The Piranha USV is the largest boat built from nano-enhanced materials created by Zyvex Technologies and is designed to perform a wide variety of missions like anti-piracy, search and rescue, submarine hunting, and harbor patrol.

Update – Super light nano-carbon boat completes sea testing

The sea trial was performed after six months of testing. The trial was an approximate 600 nautical mile rough-weather sea test off the shores of Washington and Oregon. According to Zyvex, a conventional aluminum or fiberglass boat would have consumed 50 gallons or more per hour at cruise speed, while test results showed that the Piranha consumed only 12 gallons of fuel per hour while cruising at 25 knots. more

Numbers wins Key West

Congratulations to Dan Meyers and the crew on Numbers for winning the 2011 Key West Race Week Mini Maxi – IRC. “Numbers” – USA 119 is a Judel/Vrolijk designed 66 built in 2007 by Goetz. She was the smallest boat in the Mini Maxi class.

1. Numbers, USA119, Daniel Meyers
2. Shockwave, USA60272, George Sakellaris
3. Bella Mente, USA45, Hap Fauth
4. Titan, USA60075, William Koch

Image – Billy Black – detailed results.

Composite Architecture

Goetz is building two custom cupolas and a weathervane  for  the Staten Island  Children’s Museum. The male mold (pictured) is  5.5m in length. Here the part is getting a balsa core fitted before the inner skin is laid up. The complex shape will be laminated in a wetpreg fire retardant epoxy system.

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Staten Island Children’s Museum project design and rendering by Marpillero Pollak Architects.

Anema & Core in Key West

Anema & Core takes 2nd in IRC 1

Anema & Core USA 38008 is a fast T52 built by Goetz in 2006 and originally named Platoon. Designed by Judel/Vrolijk, she is based in Annapolis and skippered by owner / driver Ennio Staffini. Congratulations to the whole crew!

Funny Car completed at target weight

We shipped our first Funny Car body today. The final cook took place last night and the results speak for them selves. Built from a Carbon/Kevlar prepreg the completed body weighs just 105 lbs and will see speeds in excess of 300 MPH in under 4 seconds.

The body is headed to John Force Racing for fit out and then onto Palm Beach. The project was a joint effort between CET, Bob Tasca Racing and our next door neighbor here in Bristol, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats.

Architectural projects

Our latest project is for the Staten Island Children’s Museum. We are tasked with building parts of the fiberglass roofs, the air scoop and the rotating mechanism [Harken traveler tracks].

We will make a male tool and wet laminate the solid glass piece and then paint and deliver. Check back for updates and images of the finished parts. The scoop pictured below will measure approximately w12′ x h12′

RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Visits Goetz / CET

Providence, RI – As Congress begins a new term, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will continue his focus on issues and legislation important to Rhode Island manufacturers. Yesterday, he visited Composite Energy Technologies in Bristol to hear about their work.

“My first priority is to keep fighting to get our economy back on track. That means bringing new business to our state, but it also means supporting existing companies and keeping good jobs here,” said Whitehouse. “I was pleased to hear from the folks at Composite Energy Technologies about what they need to continue contributing to our local economy.”

From left to right – Bob Chew, Senator Whitehouse, Eric Goetz.

Throughout the coming week, Senator Whitehouse will visit a series of local businesses to discuss challenges facing our economy and proposals to help manufacturers and small businesses grow and succeed.