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SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF STONE ON BOARD

Furrer: protagonist since more than 70 years


For centuries - if not for millenniums - stones on board of ships represented only a functional side of navigation: the ballast. Essential for the stability of the ship, the ballast was always a variable quantity, in inverse proportion to the load, always movable, mostly made by mid-sized stones easily dischargeable to the sea when it was necessary, easily available everywhere, on a beach or along a coast. Then the ships were built in iron - approximately one century ago - were equipped with powerful engines - ballast in themselves - with such a large reserve of power that the weight became a minor issue. In the same time boarded the desire of beauty, the need to welcome more and more sophisticated, wealthy and demanding passengers. The stones came back on board, but this time with a more noble function: the decoration, the elegance till the opulence. Precious by definition, the marble and other similar stones began to make splendid the great liners of the first half of last century, when ships were the only transportation means to reach faraway continents, to arrive to the floating palaces that are the cruising ships of today, where the protagonist is no longer the trip, but mostly the entertainment, and to the yachts, the royal castles of our times, that are symbols of the power and affluence of their owners.

Furrer has been a protagonist of this era since more than 70 years and participated to build up the splendour and the beauty of ships and yachts with the knowledge and the experience of its history.

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