UMaine Boatyard to Build Prototype Navy Craft

ORONO – A $4 million appropriation in the new federal budget will fund a joint effort by the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center at the University of Maine and Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay to build a prototype special operations boat for the U.S. Navy using composite materials.

The project will showcase the qualities of resin-fiber composite materials in military vessels and has the potential to position Hodgdon to bid on construction of a new fleet of the Navy boat planned for later this decade.

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