Basalt Fiber was first invented in the States in 1923 and hase been used more and more in Russia
in the building of army tanks
and many other high tech machinery, it is also used a lot in fire prevention since it does not burn at all, Since the Iron wall came down it came over to the rest of the world and already 15 different Factorys are producing it for many uses including aircraft , yachts , Weapons ( unfortunately )
and in many other ways, We have had it investigated and approved for use in yachts .
It is stiffer stronger and easier to work with than glass.
Customers may be conservative but we are sold out until the end of 2010 and for that reason tripling our production , so I guess not all are very conservative.
It is my guess that boat builders are more conservative than boat buyers
Look at resin infusion or prepreg ( preimpregnated fibers )
This has been around over 30 years yet just a couple of boat builders are using this and all know these are better ways to produce a boat.
In South Africa
with 35 boat builders only 2 use prepreg and only one infuses boats
I do not no of even one boat builder
that infuses a boat with epoxy.
up the epoxy laminate the epoxy would melt and the basalt could be taken out , this is all theory but at the rates the prices of fossil fules are going up this might be feasable.