We hear this question quite a bit:
What’s the frame made out of?
Well, a lot! Even when the frame was mainly wood it was certainly a more complex answer than that. And the frame has evolved to utilize modern technology, which is why the current models are so much lighter yet stronger than the older models. Quick aside, please note that we said “lighter” and “stronger” which we think are more objective terms. We did not say “better” because we are not trying to provoke a debate here on who has the best Folbot. Everyone seems to love their personal Folbot the best and we agree. But we did imply “better”.
Our longeron and crossframe tubing is anodized aluminum. To take it straight from the Aluminum Anodizers Council, anodizing is,
… an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish…
Which means it looks great and adds life to the boat – especially in a marine environment. Who else uses anodized aluminum? All sorts of outdoor and automotive products and maybe even the piece of electronics you are using to read this.
You can learn some more of the science at SubsTech.
To ensure our frames meet our dimensions we use drawn tubing for the longerons and crossframes instead of extrusion. Why? For good reason and we will go through more in a future post. In the meantime, let us know what questions you have about what makes up a Folbot.