Eric Goetz

Goetz Composites

Eric Goetz began sailing at a young age.  While attending Brown University, Eric took courses in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design, sparking his interest in how design is influenced by materials and processes.

Eric’s passions lead him to start Goetz Custom Sailboats in 1975.  The first several years were characterized by the construction of continually evolving cold molded boats, beginning with all wood hulls and decks and progressing through various combinations of cored wooden structures to try to stiffen and lighten the boats.  The next years were based on the use of high-tech fibers held together by wetpreg epoxy resin systems.

In 1990, Goetz began building prepreg composite boats using aerospace-grade carbon and kevlar prepregs with various types of cores, including nomex, aluminum, and kevlar honeycombs.

Eric currently serves on the Board of Trustees for both The Landing School and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association.

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