The adoption of fibreglass moulding techniques in the 1960s has gone on to revolutionise the boat building industry.
Previously used materials like steel and wood are heavy, labour intensive and expensive to maintain. GRP (Glassfibre Reinforced Plastics) transformed the market, especially for leisure craft but also for workboats. Naval minehunters are also built from GRP as are marine ancillaries such as submersibles and mooring buoys.
As with other forms of transport, the marine industry benefits from the enhanced surface qualities, design freedom, substantial weight savings and corrosion resistance offered by reinforced plastics, over conventional construction materials.