Golden Shellback - Waterproof coatings for marine electronics.

Friday, 25 July 2008
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Northeast Maritime Institute has recently developed a unique coating process for electronics called Golden Shellback.

Not a whole lot is known about it right now but it is basically a thin coating that is applied to any solid material to make it waterproof. The coating is applied in a vacuum and covers both the inner and outer components of a gadget, which doesn't conduct electricity. The catch is that at the end of the process, your cell phone is more water resistant rather then completely waterproof due to the fact that the coating process can't get cover up holes like ear bud or battery charge jacks.


Northeast Maritime Institute has recently developed a unique coating process for electronics called Golden Shellback.

Not a whole lot is known about it right now but it is basically a thin coating that is applied to any solid material to make it waterproof. The coating is applied in a vacuum and covers both the inner and outer components of a gadget, which doesn't conduct electricity. The catch is that at the end of the process, your cell phone is more water resistant rather then completely waterproof due to the fact that the coating process can't get cover up holes like ear bud or battery charge jacks.

As we said, Golden Shellback is brand new but it has some really promising potential since we all know that water and electronics generally don't play well together.

Since the coating could be applied to any product, it could go a long way to developing a waterproof tablet PC which is something I have been dreaming about for some time.

The waterproof tablet PC could be inset into the deck of the kayak to bring onboard full colour charts, GPS, weather updates and radar. It's something I would love to see for sure.

Below is a little video of the product in action:



More info: golden-shellback.com


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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