Future Fibres Brief

Future Fibres Luxury Yacht Charter & Superyacht News

North Technology Group (NTG) announces acquisition of Future Fibres by Southern Spars

November 12, 2014

North Technology Group (NTG) is delighted to announce the acquisition of Future Fibres by Southern Spars. Established by Tom Hutchinson 20 years ago and based in Valencia, Spain, Future Fibres is a marine industry leader in high performance carbon cables, masts, booms, spreaders, as well as custom components. The company has recently delivered an impressive 75,80m mast to the 60m Perini Navi sailing yacht PERSEUS³ (P3, hull C.2218).

60m Perini Navi Sloop Perseus^3 - Image courtesy of Doyle Sailmakers

60m Perini Navi Sloop Perseus^3 - Image courtesy of Doyle Sailmakers

Combining these two industry leaders allows Southern Spars the ability develop additional technology for their impressive list of products, services and high performance solutions, in the marine industry and beyond.

“Future Fibres has long been an innovator in the field of advanced fibre rigging” said Tom Whidden, CEO of North Technology Group. “With NTG’s support, Southern Spars now has the resources to provide our customers with a wider range of advanced rigging options. Future Fibres has been built on three main brand values: performance, innovation and dedication. We see the same values within the companies that derive North Technology Group.  This made acquiring Future Fibres a natural fit,” Whidden concluded.

Future Fibres first entered the composite rigging market after Tom Hutchinson devised a way to better terminate composite fibres by continuously winding PBO fibre around two titanium thimbles at any required length. Future Fibres’ approach has allowed composite rigging to be used on every area of the boat and not restricted to just aft rigging as it historically was before.

“The team at Southern Spars is excited about the acquisition of Future Fibres,” said Richard Lott, CEO of Southern Spars. “The mast and rigging market is quite depressed after the GFC which has been putting pressure on Southern Spars and Future Fibres’ business.  However, the Future Fibres team have developed some advanced mast moulding technologies which complement our advanced computer-based rig design tools,” said Lott. “The combination of technologies and  engineering excellence will provide a refined and optimised rig solution for every customer in the future.”

“Future Fibres’ DNA is technology based and customer friendly,” explained founder Tom Hutchinson. “The ability continue to innovate with North Technology Group is something that will allow my original dream to prosper. I very much look forward to working with all at Southern Spars and all of NTG.”

Doyle Sailmakers fit magnificent 60m Perseus^3 Yacht with sails

August 08, 2014

Following more than two years of design, engineering and construction, Doyle Sailmakers has fit sails on the magnificent new Perini Navi Sloop, Perseus^3 yacht in La Spezia, Italy this past week.  The sail inventory, produced in Salem, Massachusetts, is one of the largest and most complex ever assembled, and will provide a breathtaking and unprecedented racing and sailing experience for the owners and crew. Sailing yacht Perseus^3 is distinguished from her peers with both her carbon clearcoat mast – amongst the tallest in the world – and for her A2 Spinnaker – the world’s largest sail – measuring in at 28,010 square feet (2,602 square meters).

60m Perini Navi Sloop Perseus^3 - Image courtesy of Doyle Sailmakers

60m Perini Navi Sloop Perseus^3 - Image courtesy of Doyle Sailmakers

Two years’ worth of work came together in two days in Italy, as the Mainsail, Reacher and Blade Jib were fitted for the first time.  The yacht will now begin her series of sea trials and sail system trials, gradually adding in the remainder of this spectacular racing inventory.

From the onset, performance was the clear goal of this project. Doyle Sailmakers was involved with the process from the beginning, working with Ron Holland Design, Perini Navi and Future Fibres to optimize every aspect of the sailing experience. The mast was carefully engineered to assist with the massive sail area of the yacht.  From Doyle Sailmaker’s end, the size of the sails entailed a novel approach to both engineering the materials and sail handling.  Taking it one step further, Doyle CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) addressed the challenges of properly balancing the load on the three headstays, with the additional Code 0 Torque Rope, while still maintaining an acceptable headstay sag for the racing requirements of the yacht.  Working with the engineers at Perini Navi, Future Fibers and Germanisher-Lloyd, Doyle CFD helped establish the proper balance and stability of loads on the stays and the sails.

Doyle Sailmakers has long been known for its innovation and this project is no exception.  With prior experience coming from sailing yacht M5, Athos and sailing yacht Kokomo III, Doyle Sailmakers constantly adds new innovations and continues to enhance the overall sailing experience.  New developments for this project include  an inboard end fitting for the battens that isolates both the forward compression of the battens as well as eliminating vertical shifting.  This new design ensures that the custom Perini Navi slides will enter the track without compromising the luff tape – essential to reliable sailing with rollboom mainsails.  Additionally, the working jib, hoisted on a removable inner forestay, necessitates innovative soft hanks that automatically change in diameter as the sail is lowered to allow the sail flake over the larger diameter torque tube at the base of the torque rope.

Perseus^3 superyacht is the first vessel from Perini Navi to include a bow sprit – enabling the yacht to carry a number of massive downwind racing sails.  The two spinnakers are among the largest sails ever made. The A2 measures in at 28,010 square feet (2602 square meters) and utilizes over 3,200 yards of cloth.  Initially, there was no existing fabric capable of delivering high performance, light weight and a ‘soft hand’ for handling.  The solution was an extensively tested fabric that blends Polyester with Dyneema – giving the cloth high strength as well as tear resistance.

The Code 0 will also fly off the sprit, and is being furled on the largest Top Down Furling Cable ever created by Future Fibres.  After previous success with Top Down Furling for Code 0’s – with the cable in a contained luff sleeve – this was selected for luxury yacht Perseus^3 to enable the crew to quickly furl the sail and stow it easily.  The Code 0 has been constructed  using Doyle Sailmaker’s proprietary Stratis process, with curved radial seams to follow the path of the loads and enable precise shaping, high strength and minimal weight.

Perini Navi Group, a leader in the design and construction of many of the world’s largest sailing and motor yachts, has long been one of Doyle Sailmaker’s most important partners in the superyacht market.

“We first worked with Perini Navi on Andromeda la Dea in 1990, which at the time was one of the most technologically sophisticated yachts afloat.  We have been pleased to work with them since on some of their highest performing and noticeable projects – from the majestic 88m Maltese Falcon, the racing oriented 38m Sloop P2, or the signature purple sails of the 50m Ketch Baracuda,”  said Robbie Doyle, CEO of Doyle Sailmakers. ”We always enjoy working with Perini Navi as they share our passion for sailing and innovation, and are always working to deliver the very finest product to their customers.”  In just this last year, Doyle Sailmakers has been fortunate enough to deliver sails to the 56m Ketch Audace, 52m Ketch Tamsen, 50m Ketch …Is A Rose, 50m Ketch Silencio, 45m Sloop Clan VIII, 40m Sloop State of Grace and currently has sails underway for the 56m Ketch Asahi and 45m Sloop Helios.

The mast and boom for Perseus^3 were produced by Future Fibers, and at  75.8m the mast stands among the three tallest rigs ever built in the world.  “We have managed to produce a tube with a perfect exterior surface and a flawless Clearcote gloss Carbon finish with zero filler – which can add up to 3 per cent to the weight of a mast,” according to Future Fibres.   The mast weight is optimized at 16.4 tonnes.  Similarly, the 23.4m carbon fiber furling boom has been manufactured using pre-preg carbon improving structural performance and weight, compared with standard wet–laminate construction. The boom features a new mandrel furling and locking system, as a result of extensive testing and prototyping.

In order to ensure safe sailing, Perseus^3 yacht will feature an exclusive Rig Load Monitoring System that monitors the loads acting on the sails and rig components through a series of strain gauges.

For the handling and control of the impressive sailing system, Perseus^3 features the new generation of Perini Navi captive winches and furlers. The jib winches pull a maximum load of 30 tonnes and have a maximum line speed of 40 meters per minute. Electric variable speed motors and furlers, duly synchronized and monitored by the Perini Navi Automated Sail Handling System, dramatically improve furling and deploy times while speeding the tacking and jibing time by over 75% compared to vessels of the previous generation.

Sail Inventory:

Main Sail: 808 m2 The mast features 4 main sail locks: 1 full hoist + 3 reefs Batten car system Cunningham ram

Reacher: 1,160 m2

Blade Jib: 706 m2 with carbon vertical battens

Working Jib: 370 m2 On soft hanks and removable torque cable

Code 0: 1,804 m2 On the biggest torque cable TDF ever built by Future Fibres

A2: 2,602 m2

A3: 2,173 m2

Spinnaker Staysail: 721 m2

Technical Features

Mast: 75.8m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres

Boom: 23.4m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres

Standing rigging: Lateral Rigging in Carbon Fibre Aft and Fore Stays in Carbon+PBO+Kevlar

Video: Mast stepping of 60m Perini Navi PERSEUS³ Yacht

August 04, 2014

The Perini Navi Group has recently published a video showing the mast stepping of their PERSEUS³ yacht. Luxury sailing yacht PERSEUS³ (P3, hull C.2218) is a majestic 60-metre sloop, boasting one of the tallest masts in the world, measuring 75,80 meters in length. It was delivered by the spar maker Future Fibres, and assembled at the Perini Navi facility in La Spezia, Italy.

Perini Navi completes mast stepping of 60m sailing yacht PERSEUS³

July 29, 2014

Perini Navi Group, world-renowned company specializing in the design and building of the world’s largest sailing and motor yachts, is thrilled to announce the successful completion of mast stepping aboard their recently launched sailing yacht PERSEUS³ (P3, hull C.2218). Hull # 56 of the Perini Navi sailing fleet, the sloop rigged superyacht PERSEUS³ features one of the world’s largest carbon fibre masts. It was delivered by the spar maker Future Fibres and assembled at the Perini Navi facility in La Spezia, Italy.

Mast stepping aboard Perini Navi sailing yacht PERSEUS³

Mast stepping aboard Perini Navi sailing yacht PERSEUS³

The 75.8m carbon fibre mast stands among the 3 tallest rigs ever built in the world and in the words of Future Fibres “we have managed to produce a tube with a perfect exterior surface and a flawless Clearcote gloss Carbon finish with zero filler – which can add up to 3 per cent to the weight of a mast”. The mast weight is optimised at 16.4 tonnes.

The 23.4m carbon fibre furling boom has been manufactured using pre-preg carbon improving structural performance and weight, compared with standard wet–laminate construction. The boom features a new mandrel furling and locking system, as a result of extensive testing and prototyping.

Super yacht PERSEUS³ - Mast stepping

Super yacht PERSEUS³ - Mast stepping

Future Fibres standing rigging comprises Carbon fibre for the laterals, while the fore and aft stays are made of a combination of Carbon, PBO and Kevlar.

Luxury yacht PERSEUS³ will feature an exclusive Rig Load Monitoring System that through a series of strain gauges constantly detects the loads acting on the rig components.

Luxury mega yacht Perseus3 by Perini Navi

Luxury mega yacht Perseus3 by Perini Navi

The Sail wardrobe of Perseus 3 yacht, in the words of Robbie Doyle, founder of Doyle Sail Maker: “is one of the most unique and challenging ever created”.

The dimensions of the asymmetricals and the Code 0 are such that the fabric available on the market was not capable of providing the necessary characteristics of strength and lightness, therefore special new fabrics were created after extensive R&D activities.

The complete sail set exceeds 10,000 square metres, among which the A2 with its 2,602 square metres is the largest sail ever built.

Luxury yacht Perseus 3 - Mast stepping

Luxury yacht Perseus 3 - Mast stepping

For the handling and control of the impressive sailing system, Perseus^3 features the new generation of Perini Navi captive winches and furlers. The Jib winches pull a maximum load of 30 tonnes and have a maximum line speed of 40 metre per minute. Electric variable speed motors and furlers, duly synchronised and monitored by the Perini Navi Automated Sail Handling System, dramatically improve furling and deploy times while speeding the tacking and jibing time by over 75% compared to vessels of the previous generation.

Technical Features

Mast: 75.8m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres

Boom: 23.4m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres

Standing rig: Lateral Rigging in Carbon Fibre

Aft and Fore Stays in Carbon+PBO+Kevlar

Sail Inventory:

Main Sail 808 m2

The mast features 4 main sail locks: 1 full hoist + 3 reefs

Batten car system

Cunningham ram

Reacher 1,160 m2

Blade 706 m2 with carbon vertical battens

Staysail 370 m2

On soft hanks and removable torque cable

Code 0 1,804 m2

On the biggest torque cable TDF ever built by Future Fibres

A2 2,602 m2

A3 2,173 m2

Spinnaker Stay sail 721 m2

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Perini Navi:

St Barths Bucket 2014 to host 38 of the world’s largest sailing superyachts

March 06, 2014

The entries are in for this year’s edition of the St Barths Bucket Regatta, set to run from March 27 to 30, and an amazing fleet is expected to head to the fabulous island of St Barthélemy in the popular yacht charter destination – the Caribbean. Thirty eight of the world’s largest sailing superyachts will reach Gustavia for three days of exciting trade wind sailing, wholesome competition, shore side camaraderie, as well as shenanigans St Barths style.

Perini Navi luxury yacht State of Grace to attend the 2014 St Barths Bucket

Perini Navi luxury yacht State of Grace to attend the 2014 St Barths Bucket

New Launches to Compete
The fleet will include a number of the latest launches from the world’s premier superyacht builders.

Two recently launched Perini Navi yachts designed by Ron Holland will join the fleet: the newly designed 40m Sloop STATE OF GRACE and a new 60m Ketch SEAHAWK will be easily distinguished not only by her magnificent profile, but also by her crimson Aramid standing rigging by Future Fibers, supporting her towering spars.

Making their Bucket debut are competing 2012 launches from the Royal Huisman Shipyard. The classic Spirit of Tradition 38m sloop PUMULA and the 49m Ketch KAMAXITHA are both Dykstra Naval Architects designs.

Superyacht INOUI, the brilliant green 36m carbon fiber sloop by Vitters Shipyard will pace the fleet around the various courses. Also from Vitters, the 46m Sloop GANESHA will join us for her racing debut.

These six new launches will join their thirty two competitors, most of which have sailed in numerous Bucket Regattas, to comprise yet another Bucket superyacht fleet of historic proportions.

Schedule Updates
Registration will open at 0900 on 27 March, with a “Rules Review” seminar beginning concurrently. After a day of practice sailing, learning and taming the ropes (lines), the Skippers Meeting, Welcome Party and Owner’s reception will follow.

After Friday’s racing, at 1700 the Bucket will host a presentation by the Environmental Agency of St Barths and the NGO Megaptera, to educate the community on a concurrent scientific project, tagging and tracking whale migrations. The symposium will be followed by the Fleet Open House, a traditional highlight of all Bucket events.

Saturday night will host the annual Bucket Bash on the Quay in Gustavia. With a tropical theme, there will be dining, dancing and music by the very popular Soley into the night!

This year for the Sunday evening awards, the Government of St Barths has extended an invitation for the Awards Ceremony to be held on the grounds of the Hôtel de la Collectivité, the Government offices across the harbor from the Capitainerie. The St Barths Bucket organizers have gratefully accepted the invitation and look forward to sharing Bucket Hospitality with the entire racing fleet and their friends in St Barths.

Racing and Awards
In the Bucket Tradition, racing will be pursuit style with the slowest rated yachts starting first and finishes determined by the order of finish. The fleet is divided into four classes: Les Grandes Dames, Les Mademoiselles, Les Elegantes and Les Gazelles des Mers and we will continue the successful focus on competition within the classes. All yachts share the same starting and finishing line and sail the assigned course for their specific class. The starting times are structured, such that the classes finish at different times – in the interest of safety, the gap between class finishes will likely be approximately 10 minutes as it was last year.

Live Race Tracking is an exciting addition to the race coverage. Details on how to connect and view the races will be provided in the next update.

Daily awards will be presented to the top finishers in each class. Handcrafted, limited edition Chelsea Clocks will be awarded to the four class winners, with second and third place in each class also receiving elegant trophies. The overall winner will be recognized as well. The yacht’s name will be added to the perpetual St Barths Bucket trophy and they will receive a beautiful crystal Bucket keepsake trophy.

As usual, the particular attention will be paid to the traditional Bucket discretionary awards for meritorious acts and the occasional eyebrow raising behavior that perpetuates the “je ne sais quoi” spirit of the event. These include the Wolter Huisman “Spirit of the Bucket Award”, the Vitters Seamanship and Sportsmanship Trophy, the Holland Jachtbouw Cool Crew Award and the coveted Skulduggery Cravat, for the yacht or crew that demonstrates the best and most fun, ‘left field non-adult behavior”.

St. Barths Charity Donation
Each year, the Bucket Regatta designates a portion of the entry fees for donation to a meaningful non-profit program in St Barths. This year the St Joseph School and their grounds improvement project will be the recipient of our donation.

One of the oldest educational institutions on the island, The St Joseph School is a private Catholic institution that welcomes more than 200 students ages 3-11, from kindergarten through primary school. The school is in need of funds to improve the schoolyard/playground, where the clay coated sand is a health risk to the children and must be upgraded.

The 2014 St Barths Bucket is pleased to be able to help the St Joseph School and allow the children to continue to learn and grow in a healthy environment.

Welcome, and Thank You, New Bucket Sponsors!
The event organizers are grateful to announce several new supporting sponsors. They will help to continue the Bucket tradition that celebrates the superyacht industry and recognizes the yachts and their owners as they perpetuate this marvelous sport.

Skuld Yacht brings a major marine underwriting firm to the superyacht arena with tremendous capabilities for innovation and tailoring coverage to the owner’s specific needs.

Tradewind Aviation has also joined the Bucket fleet with generous support, while providing by far a most efficient way to get to the favorite Caribbean destination.

Thank you to all Bucket Sponsors
It is with great pleasure and thanks that we acknowledge all of the Bucket sponsors.

Major sponsors are Alloy Yachts, Holland Jachtbouw, Perini Navi, Royal Huisman and Vitters Shipyard.

Returning supporting sponsors are Burgess, Camper & Nicholson, Doehle Yachts, Doyle, Future Fibres, Newport Shipyard, North Sails, Pantaenius, Pendennis, Rybovich, the Superyacht Report and ZIS Insurance.

Taittinger Champagne and Barbeyrolles Rose are official suppliers.

Full 2014 order book for Future Fibres

February 28, 2014

Three years into mast production and the 2014 order book of Valencia-based composites specialist Future Fibres reflects a diverse range of performance yacht projects. With the 60m Perini Navi sloop fully assembled and awaiting stepping / sea trails and 3 of the largest furling booms in the world (26-30m long) almost completed, the workshop is currently busy with some no less challenging, but slightly more conventional sized yacht projects.

Nigel Irens designed APC 78 Yacht

APC 78 Yacht to feature the mast and rigging package by Future Fibres

The performance catamaran yacht APC78 project has a fully optimised rotating mast with a significant number of custom features. The boat is currently in-build at Green Marine in the UK and the mast and rigging package are scheduled to leave Valencia in April. Also. just going into final stages of fitout are the mast and boom for a new Frers 60 daysailor. This boat, currently being built by Persico Marine, is a development on the stunning Ciao Gianni; all about aesthetic and performance, Future Fibres are building an ultra clean, high modulus mast and boom with carbon RDS lateral rigging.

The design team is equally busy with a really exciting new project: designing a new, fully optimised, grand prix mast, boom and carbon rigging package for the TP52 Provezza. This rig will be built to the new 2015 rule but sailing by May 2014. This gives us the opportunity to develop and fine tune a 2015 compliant package one year early. There are a number of TP52 teams with new boat builds scheduled for next winter and this project gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our superior build accuracy, performance and quality to provide a credible alternative to existing suppliers in this finely tuned class. The 2015 TP52 rule also allows composite lateral rigging for the first time and this is a perfect time to showcase our new fully continuous FlexC™ carbon rigging to create the ultimate TP52 package.

Sales Manager Jim Lotz sums up: “With the marine industry slowly emerging from the doldrums owners, project managers and designers are being more prudent with choices they make with rig packages. It has never been more important to differentiate positively the points that make our mast and rigging product stand out from the crowd. With our team pushing design, build quality and technology we are increasingly seeing customers making the correct informed choice to work with Future Fibres.”

New 76m mast for Perini Navi Yacht P3 (hull C.2218) completed by Future Fibres

September 19, 2013

After almost 18 months in design, development, as well as construction, Future Fibres shipped its latest carbon fibre mast to the Perini Navi’s La Spezia yard in Italy this week. Destined for the 60-metre sailing yacht P3 (hull C.2218), the 75,8 metre mast was built and shipped in two sections and will be joined over the next six weeks in the Perini yard. The accompanying Future Fibres furling boom and well known composite rigging package will be shipped later this month, with dressing and stepping of the rig scheduled to take place in November.

Shipping of the 76m Future Fibres carbon mast for the 60m Perini Navi mega yacht P3 (hull C.2218)

Shipping of the 76m Future Fibres carbon mast for the 60m Perini Navi mega yacht P3 (hull C.2218)

The brief for superyacht P3 (hull C.2218) focused on achieving the highest levels of performance and meant Future Fibres was able to utilise its extensive Grand Prix experience, incorporating many of the developments identified through its racing clients. However, with Future Fibres’ trade mark, milled aluminium, tooling they have managed to produce a tube with a perfect exterior surface and a flawless Clearcote, gloss carbon finish. The result not only looks impressive but with zero filler – which can add up to 3 per cent to the weight of a mast – further reduces unnecessary weight to deliver a mast with both performance and style.

1-76m carbon mast completed by Future Fibres

76m carbon mast completed by Future Fibres

Utilising Future Fibres’ 40 metre dedicated clean-room/oven meant the 23.4 metre furling boom could be manufactured using pre-preg carbon, rather than standard wet-laminate, improving structural performance and again, reducing weight. The boom has been through a detailed design and development process with special attention on the complex systems required for sail furling and handling. The result is a new mandrel furling and locking system which has gone through extensive testing and prototyping.

1-76m carbon mast for the 60m superyacht P3 by Perini Navi

76m carbon mast for the 60m superyacht P3 by Perini Navi

Tim Meldrum, Chief Designer for the project commented: “Bringing the innovations we’ve developed for the race market to a superyacht of this size certainly represented a challenge. We invested a tremendous amount of time into the design and management of the project to ensure we understood every variable down to the smallest detail and we are very pleased with the outcome. Once launched, C.2218 will have a hugely powerful Doyle Sails sail plan and a complete Future Fibres rigging package. The lateral rigging is solid carbon with a mix of carbon, PBO and Kevlar for the fore and aft cables. The enormous code zero is using the top-down furling technique for improved system safety and the cable required is the longest and most powerful furling cable we have ever produced. We even had to extend our winding bed through the end wall of the factory to build it! That alone is exciting but it’s just a tiny part of what should be an incredible boat and a real challenger on the superyacht race circuit for years to come.”

Multihull growth at Future Fibres continues

July 12, 2013

Future Fibres has announced that its first complete multihull mast as well as rigging package will be on the water this August, with a second scheduled for launch in September and a third already on the books.

Nigel Irens designed APC 78 Yacht to feature carbon mast and integrated rigging package

Nigel Irens designed APC 78 Yacht to feature carbon mast and integrated rigging package by Future Fibres - Photo credit to Nigel Irens Design / APC78

Although Future Fibres’ composite rigging is already commonplace in the multihull sector, the Valencia based composites specialist has just completed its first full multihull mast package for the Nigel Irens Design A65 catamaran, utilising a bespoke, high performance rotating wing mast, along with a full set of Future Fibres’ latest carbon rigging. The catamaran is expected to be ready for summer sailing in Abu Dhabi, where the boat has been built by Abu Dhabi Mar.

The second project, expected on the water within a matter of weeks, is the Rapier 550 for which Future Fibres has supplied another complete mast and rigging package. The rig utilises the same tooling as the A65 but offers some unique characteristics, with the mast and sail controls being led inside the main saloon for a truly ‘armchair sailing’ experience.

In addition to its most recent and upcoming multihull launches, Future Fibres has also announced the signing of its third multihull contract for Nigel Irens Design’ latest catamaran, the APC78 yacht. The Advanced Performance Cat, being built at Green Marine in Southampton, UK, will sport a state-of-the-art, fully customised carbon mast and integrated rigging package. The design of the tube section has been refined using data obtained from a detailed aero study in order to maximise performance. The composite rigging completes the package and incorporates the smallest diameter carbon rigging on the market, including a set of aerofoil diamonds to further minimise windage.

Catamaran yacht APC 78

Catamaran yacht APC 78 - Photo credit to Nigel Irens Design / APC78

Commenting on the latest projects, Nigel Irens spoke about his decision to choose Future Fibres: “The Nigel Irens Design office works in collaboration with a number of individuals who are specialists in diverse fields of activity. Where fast offshore multihulls are concerned, we’ve had the pleasure of an ongoing dialogue with Future Fibres’ Torbjörn Linderson, who has had as much experience as anyone in this field. In parallel, we have a longstanding relationship with Future Fibres. In fact, in 1994 the company supplied one of the earliest sets of Kevlar standing rigging to our 85 ft catamaran, ENZA New Zealand, as she prepared for what would become a record-breaking circumnavigation later that year. Given the above, it is hardly surprising that the news that Linderson was to combine his skills with those of Future Fibres was of immediate interest to us. Obviously we have no way of knowing how the APC78 rig will perform, but it is good to know that we are setting out on the road to the future, accompanied by a team composed of some of the best qualified specialists in the industry.”

Future Fibres’ multihull specialist, Torbjörn Linderson added: “In this rapidly evolving sector, Future Fibres is firmly focused on driving forward the development of its high performance products and using the experience of its uniquely qualified team to take the evolution of multihull rigs to the next level. It is an exciting time for us and the industry…a lot of records are going to get broken!”

Doyle Sailmakers to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

April 03, 2013

Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Doyle Sailmakers has recently announced that it has been awarded the contract to supply the complete sail inventory for the all-new 60m Perini Navi yacht Hull C.2218. Luxury sailing yacht Hull C.2218 is a beautiful performance sloop, currently under construction. She is due to be completed in early 2014 and will make her debut at the 2014 St. Barths Bucket.

Doyle to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

Doyle to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

The inventory for the 60m Perini Navi superyacht Hull C.2218 encompasses a staggering 10,200 square meters (110,275 square feet) of sail area including what will be the world’s two largest spinnakers.

The order reinforces Doyle’s commitment and expertise in engineering some of the largest projects in the Superyacht industry including the sails aboard charter yacht Maltese Falcon and superyacht M5, two of the world’s largest and most sophisticated sailing yachts.

Essential to the success of this program will be the contribution of Doyle CFD’s analysis which is being used to model all aspects of the sail shapes and loading, completely integrating data from the boat’s hull and rig in real sailing conditions. This will ensure that the sails as well as the associated hardware are all up to the task of propelling this yacht through the water.

CFD & FEA has been performed to quantify loading and refine shapes in all the sails

CFD & FEA has been performed to quantify loading and refine shapes in all the sails

After several months of discussions, the final inventory was decided on after reviewing a number of possible combinations with an eye on smooth sail crossovers for an aggressive racing schedule the boat has planned. For upwind sailing, the Hull C.2218 yacht will have a 840 sqm mainsail which is complemented by a range of headsails – a reacher, a blade jib, a working jib, and then a Code 0 for light air conditions.

The upwind inventory will be constructed of Doyle’s proprietary Stratis membranes which have proven themselves on many of the world’s most glamorous Superyachts. This technology will enable Doyle’s engineers and sailmakers in Salem to construct high performance sails with minimal weight.

Downwind is where the 60m mega yacht Hull C.2218 will really shine. “We looked at every material available for these spinnakers and realized that there wasn’t anything in existence that would deliver the performance we were looking for,” explains CEO Robbie Doyle. “We partnered with Dimension Polyant to develop a new high-performance Polyester spinnaker fabric that is reinforced with Dyneema for durability and burst strength.”

60m Perini Navi mega yacht Hull C.2218

60m Perini Navi mega yacht Hull C.2218

The new cloth allows the sails to be light and soft like a traditional spinnaker yet has tensile strength on par with other, heavier options. The addition of Dyneema to the cloth will ensure that the sail resists tears, essential to success on the Superyacht racing circuit. The 60m luxury yacht Hull C.2218 will have two spinnakers, one measuring in at 2448 sqm and the other at 2170 sqm. In addition, she will be equipped with a 643 sqm spinnaker staysail set with a top down furler.

“With this project we are fortunate to take everything we have learned in the last 30 years on both Superyachts and Grand-Prix race boats and put it all together in one package,” comments Doyle. “We are extremely excited to be working with the project management team at Perini Navi, Future Fibers and Ron Holland Design to see this through its completion.”

The order caps a string of good news for Doyle Sailmakers in the Superyacht arena, highlighted by the recent debut of the 50m sailing yacht Ohana, new inventories for the 52m superyacht Prana, 45m luxury yacht Artemis, and the launch of the 40m Perini Navi superyacht State of Grace (hull C.2180) with a full Doyle inventory. When the 60m performance sailing yacht Hull C.2218 launches next year, it will be spectacular to see her perform.

Complete set of composite rigging back by Future Fibres for 60m Perini Navi superyacht Hull C.2193

January 17, 2013

At the moment in build at Perini Navi in Italy, the all-new 60-metre sailing yacht Hull C.2193 will feature a complete set of composite rigging back, developed by Future Fibres. In 2012, the company won the contract to supply the Perini Navi superyacht Hull C.2193 with the TSC and solid carbon rigging, which comprises V1s built to Dash -750. Last week saw Future Fibres ship almost a kilometre of bright red carbon cables to the Italian builder.

60m Perini Navi sailing yacht Hull C.2193

60m Perini Navi sailing yacht Hull C.2193 to feature a complete set of composite rigging back by Future Fibres

From the project’s inception, installing latest technological advances was high on the owner’s list of priorities. As a result, in addition to the most advanced carbon rigging on the market, Perini Navi luxury yacht C.2193 will feature a number of new technical innovations, including an advanced lifting keel, faster and lighter captive winches and a new furling system for foresails, positioned under the deck to maximise sail area. The flawless bright red finish, seen on the solid carbon lateral cables, was also at the owner’s request – ensuring that she will look even more imposing on the water!

Moreno Di Giusto, Head of Perini Navi Mast Division spoke of his decision to chose Future Fibres last year, commenting: “With Future Fibres, we’re confident we have the right people designing and building our rigs. Between the two companies there is a massive skill-set, and we believe that together we can make big advancements.”

Almost a kilometre of Future Fibres bright red carbon cables for Hull C.2193 superyacht

Almost a kilometre of Future Fibres bright red carbon cables for Hull C.2193 superyacht

Future Fibres’ founder, Tom Hutchinson, added: “It is great to see the largest set of carbon rigging cables we have ever constructed going out the door, especially when its destined for one of the most respect yards in the world. Perini have built their reputation on quality and reliability so to be chosen by them is testament to the investment and quality standards already in place at Future Fibres. It marks another milestone in our history and represents a real achievement for us.”

Perini Navi mega yacht C.2193 is the first of two Perini projects that Future Fibres is currently working on. The second, a 60 metre sloop, Hull C.2218 yacht, will feature a full carbon mast and rigging package and is scheduled for delivery in winter 2013. It’s an incredible project, with a mast tube measuring 73.5 metres and a totally clear carbon finish, made possible by Future Fibres’ precision aluminium tooling, which is unique within the marine industry.