Breakthrough Composite Material DANU™



In mid-2020, ExoTechnologies acquired 360 Quantillion, an innovative and specialist composite materials research organisation.

This collaboration of advanced composite material expertise and specialist engineering knowledge has developed a pioneering resource efficiency technology called DANU™ which is capable of accelerating the green transition to circularity for composite material used in maritime craft, ballistic resistance, wind turbine blades, automotive solutions, aircraft construction, food processing etc.

So far, the development team has already produced a full-scoped maritime craft solution and ballistic resistant solution ready for scalable production to commercialise this novel technology.

DANU™ has exceptional strength capable of being recovered, recycled and reused repeatedly.

Get in touch with Chief Innovations Officer at ExoTechnologies, Jeroen Wats to take a dive into its mission about sustainability, resource-efficiency and circular economy.

Proud to share that Ultimate Boats is a Friend of RIBs ONLY.


Jeroen Wats of Exo Technologies’ Revolutionary DANU™ vs GRP

Chief Innovations Officer at ExoTechnologies Jeroen Wats spoke to Manx Radio about their composite DANU™’s circular properties. Sit back and be amazed by this amazing invention that changes the world!

It’s breakthrough composite material of exceptional strength capable of being recovered, recycled and reused repeatedly. It is used by Ultimate Boats (check their awesome RIBs).

Well done, Jeroen!

Jeroen Wats is a multiple offshore and ocean yacht racing winner and passionate environmentalist started a state-of-the-art high performance yacht building company resulting in an impressive proven award and regatta winning track record worldwide.

With vast experience in high tech, efficient yacht design and composites, Jeroen turned his eye to the environment because he witnessed first-hand how polluting the industry is, and decided to do something about it.

Proud to share that Ultimate Boats is a Friend of RIBs ONLY.

Is the SuperRIB Open 27 the Future?

SuperRIB Open 27 Rather Innovative?

The video is again a job well done!

But I’m going to be honest. Whenever I read such a statement, in this case the “RIB of the future?”, I am more sceptical than usual.

Maybe you feel that way too because what is the future and how do you predict it?

Perhaps it’s a somewhat unfortunate choice of words and probably one to name as a differentiator from the competition for this SuperRIB Open 27.

I prefer to stick to “innovative” like, for instance, the new Mercury 600 V12.

I recently had the opportunity to experience this technology on a twin installation on a massive Technohull Omega 47. It’s really something else. More on that in a forthcoming article.

Innovation can take place in several areas and these are not necessarily immediately apparent from the product.

I am referring, for example, to innovative processes during the building process of a RIB. Or the material used such as, DANU™, a 100% recyclable replacement for glass fibre.

By the way, DANU is already being used by Ultimate Boats which I witnessed last month in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s something to look forward to in my opinion.

Of course the SuperRIB Open 27 looks good and it seems to behave well (on a flat sea in the video). The video is informative and gives you a good first impression.

And as far I can see, a job well done by the Croatian based SuperRIB shipyard.

Is the SuperRIB Open 27 the Future drone @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat
The SuperRIB Open 27 drone view

But often it comes down to the same thing: comfort on board with the necessary “facilities” is the only thing that seems to count.

Too often that is the main selling point from the dealer especially for potential customers new to the boating world. Stating that the customer is not interested in more technical stuff is underestimating him.

I cannot stress enough that the hull is the most important part of any RIB, any boat and has to meet your expectations as good as possible. See here how the Gemini WR880 hull is being build.

In the responses of my anonymous survey on how long a RIB lasts (take it as well if you want),

I’ve sadly had to read disappointments about the RIB bought like “It was not what I expected it to be” and “I wouldn’t recommend it” and “No, I will not buy it again”

The reasons for this expensive bummer can be many things of course. But somewhere on the line information was not clearly specified enough by the customer or the dealer.

Every naval architect will tell you that every hull has its own purpose. Therefore in advance define your purpose very clear.

And so is the hull of this SuperRIB Open 27.

Need some guidance on this matter, this article will certainly help you: How to Buy a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) in 10 Thoughts.

Don’t get me wrong because the level of comfort might or will also be one of the deciding parameters for purchase.

The search for comfort on board is not a bad thing at all but you might have a different need on that than me, you see.

So, I woud really like to see the future of RIBs but until I have tied up a trustworthy future forecaster, I remain sceptical.



A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)

A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)
Credits original image – enriched by Karel Overlaet

1. Introduction

RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats), are among the most popular types of boats on the market today.

Their versatility makes them ideal for use as personal or family centered watercraft.

If you’re considering buying a new or second hand rigid inflatable boat but aren’t sure where to start, this quick guide will help you on your way.

If you want to go deeper into this matter, this article is the one to read for you.

This quick guide will you get to know the RIB and the main things for you. It is not complete but it gives you some idea.


X-Class – Spectacular Scotland – Ultimate Boats – Clydebank

A high paced promotional video of the new X-Class from Ultimate Boats with stunning drone video footage.

These RIBs are built using the revolutionary Danu™ instead of the classic GRP. It is invented by Exo Technologies and is 100% recyclable, time after time. Jeroen Wats, founder and CIO, tells all about it in this video.

Proud to share that Ultimate Boats is a Friend of RIBs ONLY.

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