Bear River Plastics Bear River Plastics breaking into a watery market
Dave Wilson’s first customer for a unique wave-taming system is a happy one—and now the United Nations is interested.
Locally designed technology to reduce the impact of waves is beginning to find success for Bear River Plastics. Contributed photo
Wilson’s Cornwallis Park company, Bear River Plastics, last summer installed a 150-foot plastic wave break system at the Dartmouth Yacht Club to control waves from the northwest.
The design worked so well that the club ordered an additional 150 feet of the wave break to be installed next the spring. “After four years of testing, it was gratifying and a relief to see this design be not only approved by our first customer, but that our first customer would become our second customer,” Wilson said.
The next customer for the patent-pending wave break could be the UN. “I have been contacted by the UN to quote on supplying five sections to Haiti,” says Wilson. “An RCMP officer that is working with the coast guard in Haiti through the UN saw the wave break at the (Halifax) boat show last year.”
The wave break design grew out of Wilson’s regular product line that uses plastics and plastic welding to manufacture floating docks, pipes and aquaculture caging, and fabrication.
Wilson initially planned two demonstration projects of the wave break technology, but after one project in Mahone Bay, the Dartmouth club was convinced to try his system
Yacht club treasurer Rob Taylor said the club had already tried other systems, including large steel tanks partially filled with water, floating wood structures and a submerged and cleaned out submarine.
The wave break system not only helped the club protect its investment in club facilities, it keeps the members happy and their boats safe. “I’ve been quite happy with the results and even happier with the costs,” said Taylor.
He said Wilson’s system is about half the cost of a wooden system the club had been investigating.