Fishermen and kayakers can’t yet get their fishing boats, but that may soon change.
On Wednesday, the Fisherman, a 50-foot long, 7,000-pound boat built by the French firm Marine Innovations, became the first fishing boat built to use a patented technology called “bead technology.”
The boat’s unique design is based on a plastic-covered sponge-like material called a polymer, which is designed to absorb water while allowing the fish to be carried on the water.
The fish, called “Beads,” float on the surface and are attached to the bottom of the boat by a cord.
Marine Innovators says the bionic-like structure will be used on a wide range of products including boats and kayaks.
The company, based in France, said it received the $100,000 “first prize” in a competition for its bionic boat, which will be built at Marine Innovates in Japan.
Fishermen say the boat’s design will also be useful for fishing, kayaking and fishing boats with a fixed stern.
The technology has already been used in fishing boats to catch and release large fish, but the company says the technology could also be used to catch small fish.
“With the introduction of the Fishermans Choice bionic platform, the future of boat fishing is in our hands,” Marine Innovacion said in a statement.
The new boat, the world’s first to use bionic technology, is the product of the French company Marine Innovative, which has a history of building boats with bionic components.
The bionic design is similar to the one used in some other marine vehicles, including the Kilo-class submarines.