NASA Spinoff Database: Catamaran Nets

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1990
Reference Number: JSC-SO-159
Category: Consumer/Home/Recreation
Origin: Space Shuttle

West Coast Netting, Inc.'s net of Hyperester twine, is made of three strands of fiber twisted together by a company-invented sophisticated twisting machine and process that maintain precisely the same tension on each strand. The resulting twine offers higher strength and improved abrasion resistance. The technology that created the Hyperester supertwine has found spinoff applications, first as an extra-efficient seine for tuna fishing, then as a capture net for law enforcement agencies. The newest one is as a deck for racing catamarans. Hyperester twine net has been used on most of the high performance racing catamarans of recent years, including the America's Cup Challenge boats. They are tough and hold up well in the continual exposure to sunlight and saltwater.

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Page Number in Published book: 131
Manufacturer: West Coast Netting, Inc.

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