Composite materials are used in a wide range of applications, from ferries and yachts to boats and canoes, submarines, water and windsurfing. Composites have proven their superiority over wood and steel materials due to their advantages of lightness, water resistance, durability, easy maintenance and repair, and have become indispensable in boat and yacht manufacturing.

Water is corrosive and seawater is particularly damaging to watercraft and structures. These challenges offer the opportunity for composites to be preferred in marine components due to their resistance to corrosion and fatigue. Maintenance requirements can be significantly reduced through the use of thermoset composites, especially in fastening and connector components exposed to seawater.

Composites are used more intensively in racing boats than other marine structures. Minimum weight and maximum durability are very important in their design. This allows boats to sail with maximum speed and resistance to the effects of waves and other elements in the marine environment. Carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composites are often used in honeycomb or foam frames, masts, carbon crane barrels and shafts, and corseted boat hulls. The use of fiber reinforced polymer composites can contribute to improved performance and minimize the danger of sailing disadvantages and failure in different international sailing conditions.