This Mojito 888 led a pretty career and, in 2019, the joint reflection of the site and a loyal customer of Idbmarine, with the partnership of KAIROS et Roland JOURDAIN, emerged the challenge of achieving an eco-responsible Mojito 888 : the Virgin Mojito 888 is born!
The challenge was therefore to replace :
- fiberglass by linen fiber,
- felt (soric) with cork,
- corecell foam with PET foam.
Idbmarine also led an evolution of the layouts with the addition of two returns to the kitchen and the chart table, an adjustment of the saloon files, new hull portholes and the installation of textile teams.
Linen inserts underline this eco-responsible and qualitative development of the Virgin Mojito 888 compared to the initial version.
The boat's performance remains identical, the excess weight of the linen being marginal (around 50 kg).
The adoption of linen is an approach which significantly reduces the boat's carbon footprint: in fact the glass fiber conventionally used comes from petroleum chemistry and comes from Asia.
Conversely, linen fiber is cultivated and woven in France: it is a renewable resource.
Cork is also a renewable resource produced in Europe which replaces soric, a polyester-based material.
PET foam is a recyclable material. Its technical characteristics are similar to Corecell foam based on polystyrene.
The materials used, apart from polyester resin, are either renewable (linen, cork) or recyclable (PET).
For the moment, there is no bio-sourced resin which can replace the polyester resin in an acceptable manner.
Finally, the incineration of a Linen / Polyester composite does not require any energy input unlike that of a Glass / Polyester composite.
In the end, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced over the entire life of the boat (manufacture, use and destruction).
The construction in linen fiber / PET foam / cork also allows an improvement of the working conditions on the building site, the linen fiber being much less "aggressive" than fiberglass.
Less easy to cut than fiberglass, linen is more pleasant to the touch and smells good!
The use of all these materials is under control.
The variations of linen fabrics are currently limited and developments are underway to offer more suitable grammages (bi-axial, tri-axial) to facilitate the construction of sailboats.
Cork is a relatively common material but nautical construction requires a good quality of this material.
PET foam is a common industrial product.
In total :
- the material cost is higher than the "chemical" materials conventionally used, but in the long term, the costs of linen fiber should decrease with the development of this sector.
- the implementation times are also longer.
The final cost of the boat is therefore impacted, a cost that Idbmarine has amortized by proposing improvements in accomodations and finish. (additional cost of around 5%)
Convinced that this eco-responsible approach is inevitable, Idbmarine decided to launch the Virgin Mojito 888 to mark and promote this development in boating.
Virgin Mojito 888 swinging keel, from shipyard : 97 500 euros