16 July 2013
16 July 2013
Future Fibres has manufactured and supplied a high-performance rotating wing mast with carbon rigging for the Nigel Irens Design A65 Catamaran.
The catamaran is expected to be ready for summer sailing in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where the boat has been built by Abu Dhabi Mar.
An additional project, the Rapier 550, also utilises Future Fibres’ rigging package with the same tooling as the A65, but this mast offers some unique characteristics, with the mast and sail controls being led inside the main saloon for a truly ‘armchair sailing’ experience.
Another contract has also been singed with Nigel Irens Design to help create a new catamaran, the Advanced Performance Cat 78 (APC78).
The APC78, which is being built at Green Marine, will sport a state-of-the-art, fully-customised carbon mast and integrated rigging package. The design of the tube section has been refined by data 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.
In a conversation with ‘The Frontline’, Nigel Irens spoke about its decision to work with Future Fibres on this project. “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 have had the pleasure of an ongoing dialogue with 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 85foot catamaran ENZA New Zealand as she prepared for what became a record-breaking circumnavigation later that year
Given this it is hardly surprising that the news that Linderson was to combine his skills with those of Future Fibres was of immediate interest. 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”.
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