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A pilot project to develop a sustainable way of disposing with end-of-life fiberglass boats has received new funding from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.

The Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Project, which is administered by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the Rhode Island Sea Grant, received the US$10,000 grant last month toward its goal of developing processes for turning old boats into cement.

“The chemicals in the fiberglass closely mimic many of the raw materials used in cement, such as silica and calcium, and can be used to create cement clinker,” said project manager Evan Ridley. “We want to see if this approach could provide a way of dealing with a growing number of end-of-life boats.”

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