Boating Business | NDT used to detect cracks

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26 Jun 2018

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Marine Results collaborates with other suppliers on major rig projects

Known for rig management and survey projects on the world’s largest and most advanced sailing yachts, Marine Results is now using non-destructive testing to detect cracks and flaws in masts.

This testing uses non-invasive ultra-sonic screening with the company supporting the Grand Prix circuit, Americas Cup, GC32, TP52s and Open 60s.

“We frequently work as part of a larger team with other suppliers on major rig projects,” explained director Jon Morris.

“The data that we produce from the megayachts in collaboration with our regular partners trickles right down to the mass market enabling design standards to advance across the industry.”

Collaboration

A collaboration with rope supplier Marlow, shares data about safe working loads of sheet and halyard systems, using Marine Results’ specialist destructive testing facility to evaluate the breaking loads.

“The data produced from megayachts in collaboration with our regular partners trickles down to the mass market enabling design standards to advance across the industry,” says Jon.

Marine Results is also seeing changes in the stipulations of rig insurers.

Costs rising

“Mast and rigging packages are increasingly sophisticated in terms of exotic carbon materials,” says Jon. “Costs of replacing due to rig failure and racing incidents have significantly risen.

“Insurers are tightening up their policies and often specifying regular inspections to meet the recommendations of the spar and equipment manufacturers.”

In addition, Jon says there are increased discussions by the main large yacht classification bodies in relation to in-service inspections and working at height.

“Risk awareness has increased following a number of recent deaths of people working aloft, an issue we have been trying to highlight for some years now.”

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Boating Business | Battacar systems are tested to the extreme

BATTACAR SYSTEMS ARE TESTED TO THE EXTREME

HOME NEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGING BATTACAR SYSTEMS ARE TESTED TO THE EXTREME

26 Jun 2018

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Technologies are trickling down to everyday cruisers and sailors, photo credit: Hannah Cottrell Media

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HARKEN UK LTD

The one design format of the Volvo Ocean Race has enabled Harken to develop a service and replacement system that ensures every boat has equal treatment at each stopover.

And the company’s involvement with the VOR is enabling it to develop technologies that are trickling down to everyday cruisers and sailors, says Harken’s VOR project manager Mark Gardner.

One example is the Harken Battcar System which enables users to raise, douse and reef the main instantly from the cockpit, even when close reaching or in a big breeze.

The cars and track have been proven to perform even through the rigours of the VOR, thanks to its one-piece aluminium hard coat-anodised construction.

High strength Torlon ball bearings are used to ensure the cars move smoothly at all times and the batten toggle is designed to move freely in all directions to prevent the sail from binding when reefing under load.

A captive pin features a quick release button the remove the sail quickly, while allowing the car to remain on the mast. The cars and sails slide off the track by removing the screw pin end stop.

“This is another key feature which makes cleaning and maintenance quick and simple, another advantage for the VOR boats which all have a full Harken technical service and support at each stop over,” says Mark.

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Boating Business | Sailcloth is connected to the boat

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26 Jun 2018

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Kayospruce is able to work with sailmakers to specify the type of cloth to be used in sail design

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KAYOSPRUCE LTD

Sailcloth distributor Kayospruce says it is seeing an increasing trend of end users being more specific about their requirements.

This includes the sail handling systems, how the sails will be reefed and stowed, the type of sailing or racing to be carried out and whether they will be fully crewed or shorthanded.

Armed with this data, Kayospruce is able to work with sailmakers to specify the type of cloth to be used in sail design, explained the company’s Chris Owen.

He added: “Over the last ten years, we’ve also seen a noticeable growth in high quality genoa furling systems, asymmetric furlers and full-length batten car hardware.”

Kayospruce has several different ranges of fabrics: The Newport range offers all-purpose fabric, low aspect and radial constructions, suitable for the coastal sailor.

The Fastnet is more suited to offshore and long-distance sailing with bigger yarns and better UV resistance.

And Kayospruce’s Warp Drive fabric is the only specific warp orientated radial fabric in the market explained Chris, while its top of the range Marblehead fabric offers 40% more fibre than any other fabric on the market today.

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Boating Business | Jib reefing system is reliable

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When a product works, there’s no point in carrying out a redesign for the sake of it – that’s the view of Plastimo’s export manager Olivier Gallut when referring to the company’s jib reefing system.

The system – designed in-house and manufactured in Plastimo’s Brittany factory – was first produced around two decades ago with the mechanism changed around 15 years’ ago.

“It’s a very long-established design with high-proven reliability,” explained Olivier. “It works so well it doesn’t need replacing or updating, it’s one of our top UK selling products.”

Excellent value

Richard Pardoe, product and marketing manager at Plastimo’s UK distributor, Aquafax, added: “Plastimo is very well-known for safety equipment and experienced in the design of products but their experience extends further than that.

“This is the ideal product to make sailing easier and provides excellent value for owners of small and medium sailboats.”

The product is available as a single groove or twin groove system suitable for cruising and racing boats from around 13ft to 36ft with a maximum headsail area of 35m².

Reinforced shaft

The composite drum has a reinforced glass fibre shaft with a Torlon bearing. The bracket systems are made from high grade stainless steel.

No maintenance is needed – the product just needs to be flushed with water to keep it clean.

“There’s no need to ever dismantle it,” said Olivier. “Spare parts are also available so if there ever is a problem with worn parts, there’s no need to replace the whole system.

The system is aimed at the retrofit market and is packaged so it is easy to ship and assemble.

Photo credit: B. Leglatin, Plastimo

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Boating Business | Rope expertise is key

ROPE EXPERTISE IS KEY

HOME NEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGING ROPE EXPERTISE IS KEY

28 Jun 2018

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English Braids is a UK Dyneema partner

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ENGLISH BRAIDS LTD

Over the last 15 years, Dyneema ropes have made significant inroads into the UK marine market-place.

As a UK Dyneema partner, English Braids has been chosen to process the fibre, a partnership that ensures ropes are designed to make the best out of the fibre in their end application.

“It’s this relationship that we value and protect in the face of new emerging competition,” says Justin Jones, English Braids marine sales manager.

When developing a rope, there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account.

Rope design

“People think that because it is Dyneema, it must be good and sometimes do not look into some of the softer aspects of the rope design.

“Whilst breaking load is often a critical factor, as it provides a very good insight into the quantity of Dyneema in the product, there are other factors that need to be considered,” added Justin.

In many applications, the Dyneema core will be protected with a cover made from a different material.

Different characteristics

Without the correct rope making expertise, the core and the cover will not perform well together due to differing strengths and stretch characteristics, often ending with a premature retirement of a rope.

“English Braids has worked closely with Dyneema to ensure that the consumer receives a technically designed product from fibre manufacturer through rope manufacturer to the end user, via a network of knowledgeable riggers and chandleries,” said Justin. “With the emergence of alternative Chinese fibres, it is more important now than ever to ensure that the consumer looks for the Dyneema diamond mark, a mark that only approved partners are licensed to use and promote.”

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Boating Business | Carrington to build IMOCA 60 race boat

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28 Jun 2018

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Jason Carrington (left) and Alex Thomson. Credit: Alex Thomson Racing

Carrington Boats (C-Boat) will build a new IMOCA 60 race boat for British sailing team Alex Thomson Racing at its new facility in Hythe, Hampshire, ahead of the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe race.

The construction of Hugo Boss represents a multi-million-pound investment by Alex Thomson Racing, together with its long-term partner designer Hugo Boss, as it aims to make history by becoming the first British team ever to win the Vendée Globe, a solo, non-stop, unassisted race around the world.

“There are many things to consider with the design and build of an IMOCA race boat,” said Ross Daniel, technical director at Alex Thomson Racing. “Weight is a huge factor but so too is reliability. Speed is of course of paramount importance but, on the other hand, the boat cannot be beyond the capabilities of the skipper, therefore usability is also crucial.

“So this process is about balance, and ensuring that all of those various factors are constantly being considered and evaluated. If we do that successfully, I firmly believe that we will deliver the very best boat in the fleet.”

Having achieved third and second place finishes in the previous two editions of Vendée Globe, Alex and his team will work with C-Boat, headed up by director Jason Carrington, alongside naval architectural firm VPLP, to build the vessel, due to replace the team’s current IMOCA 60 and be launched in June 2019.

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Boating Business | Speed record tumbles

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20 Jun 2018

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Jaguar Vector Racing has broken speed records for a battery-powered boat

Jaguar Vector Racing has broken the national and world electric speed records for a battery-powered boat.

The Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 88.61mph across two legs of a 1km course on Coniston Water, England.

The electric boat was designed and constructed by Jaguar Vector in partnership with Jaguar Racing’s technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering.

Technical platform

“Our experience from powering the entire Formula E grid for the past four seasons of racing and our ongoing partnership with Jaguar in the ABB FIA Formula E championship provided the technical and operational platform required to achieve this fantastic result,” explained Craig Wilson, Williams Advanced Engineering MD.

Mark Cameron, director of experiential marketing, Jaguar Land Rover, added: “Jaguar is at the forefront of electrification technology and our mission is to ‘race to innovate’ on track and on the water.

Technology transfer

“Thank you to the whole team and our technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering for successfully transferring the technology we are using in Formula E with Panasonic Jaguar Racing from race car to power boat.”

Following Jaguar’s announcement in October 2017 to become the exclusive title partner of Vector, the team will now attempt further world and national records over the next 18 months as part of a major initiative to push the boundaries of performance and show off British engineering.

The V20E was piloted by Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge.

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Boating Business | New Oyster safety certification process

NEW OYSTER SAFETY CERTIFICATION PROCESS

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21 Jun 2018

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LR will approve the design, materials and build quality of all hulls and decks on Oyster yachts

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Oyster Yachts has formed a partnership with Lloyd’s Register EMEA (LR) to secure a safety certification process to be implemented on all its new built yachts.

LR will approve the design, materials and build quality of all hulls and decks on Oyster yachts. To ensure compliance with LR rules, an LR surveyor will inspect all yachts in production once per week. As a result, all newly built Oyster vessels will carry an LR moulding certificate immediately upon completion. Oyster will become the only British builder of sailing yachts sub 24m to carry out this level certification.

Richard Hadida, Oyster’s CEO, said: “It is incredibly exciting to be working with such an esteemed, globally recognised partner in LR, another great British brand. This third-party accreditation will assure all Oyster customers that their yachts are crafted in accordance with relevant international standards, particularly with regards to safety.”

Mould production

Oyster will secure quality control over the construction of its hulls through a new mould production facility in Norfolk, the first time this process has been brought in-house. The facility will provide more than 20 jobs in the area, as well as the increased capacity to produce five hulls at any one time.

The mould production facility is expected to open in September, with the first LR certified yachts to begin moulding in September.

“By bringing total control of our hull construction in-house for the first time, we not only continue to provide more jobs in the Norfolk area but also scale-up production capacity,” explained Richard. “This is key to our growth plans as orders continue to increase. There are precious few smaller vessels with this level of certification and this is yet another way in which Oyster’s yachts set themselves apart.”

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Boating Business | Consistency is all important

CONSISTENCY IS ALL IMPORTANT

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21 Jun 2018

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Seldén is about to deliver its 750th J/70 mast, photo credit RYA Paul Wyeth

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SELDEN MASTS LTD

The benefits of a carbon rig – its lighter and stiffer than other metals – and the performance, control and increased comfort when sailing are well recognised. But the key is ensuring consistency, says Seldén.

The company produces more than 400 carbon spars, plus booms, poles and bowsprits for boats ranging from one design to some of the world’s most prestigious cruising yachts.

All Seldén spars are made from pre-preg carbon, with the fibre coated in the precise amount of epoxy resin for optimum lamination, ensuring a lighter stronger spar.

Accuracy

Seldén’s automated Mandrel Filament Moulding uses carbon tow, a ribbon of carbon fibres held together by the uncured resin. Computer controlled for accuracy, consistency and repeatability, this ensures every mast meets the exacting requirements of its owner or class.

“In one design consistency is critical. For example, our 750th J/70 mast is about to be delivered and every mast is tested to perform exactly the same,” explained James Harris, head of sales at Seldén.

Composite processes

When Tracey Edwards’ iconic Farr 58, Maiden, sets sail later this year she will have a new Seldén mast.

The original mast was bespoke aluminium, but today the company is using modern composite processes and Seldén’s unique winding technique will be used to produce the necessary laminate and reinforcement specifications.

A key component in producing a string laminate is to use precisely the correct balance of heat and pressure to squeeze and cure the spar.

All Seldén carbon spars are cured in a computer-controlled autoclave pressurised oven to ensure optimum consolidation of the laminate to produce the most consistent product possible.

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Boating Business | Fibres are designed to perform

FIBRES ARE DESIGNED TO PERFORMHOME NEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGING FIBRES ARE DESIGNED TO PERFORM21 Jun 2018EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintDemand for Marlow’s new products is growingINDUSTRY DATABASEMARLOW ROPES LTDEducating sailors and equipping them with the knowledge of the different choices of fibres and benefits of rope care and splicing has always been a key part of Marlow’s strategy.And this approach is proving successful with demand for the company’s new products such as D2 Club and Excel R8 growing says Paul Honess Marlow’s leisure marine sales director.The D2 Club is an extension to the company’s D2 range of polyester sheets and halyards, he explained. With a Dyneema SK38 core, it offers reduced weight and elongation.Abrasion resistance“Excel R8 is a superior dinghy line which provides outstanding grip when used in ratchet blocks, easy handing and splicing and low stretch thanks to its Dyneema SK78 core,” said Paul. “It has a cover with extreme abrasion resistance made from a Technora and polyester blend.”In addition, Marlow’s black Dyneema covered shockcord has also received an upgrade after customer requests for a shockcord that can handle high abrasion whilst remaining slippery enough to run through multiple fairleads and blocks. “Introducing Dyneema in the cover ensures greater durability while meeting the demanding requirements from sailors,” concludes Paul.As well as developing new product ranges, Marlow will be launching two key projects involving education and commitment to sustainability and the environment this Autumn.

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