The recent launch of the JV60 Jethou and the 39 metre superyacht Cinderella IV represents two significant new projects for Future Fibres, with both pioneering the use of the company’s revolutionary Under Deck Turnbuckle (UDT) system.
Plans for the UDT were announced in late 2007 and yacht designers immediately showed strong interest in the system, which removes cumbersome hardware and places it out-of-sight underneath the deck. Jethou and Cinderella IV are the first to capitalise on this technology, which not only streamlines the deck but also has a positive effect on both weight and windage.
Future Fibres’ R&D director Humphrey Bunyan commented: “Composite rigging is being accepted very quickly and we are seeing a bunch of new players enter the market. Naturally we want to maintain our technical advantage and intend to keep driving our development forward at pace. The next twelve months will see us release several major developments; the UDT is just one of them.
“These projects are also great examples of a rigging company working with designers, yards, PMs and other suppliers, to produce the very best yacht possible. From conception to delivery, Future Fibres managed the relationship with all those involved and ensured that everything worked perfectly from day one. This is the direction we see Future Fibres moving in the future – taking a leading role in the whole rig package and working collectively to achieve the very best results for the customer.”
Launched in May, Cinderella IV was constructed at Vitters Shipyard and features a full set of Future Fibres’ rigging. With an owner’s brief which focused heavily on great aesthetics, speed and long range comfort, it was felt that composite rigging was a must. Future Fibres’ experience in the superyacht market, combined with the company’s GL approval and weight advantage over other systems meant it was quickly chosen as the preferred supplier.
Cinderella’s skipper Andy Wilson commented: “We went out with the sails on for the first time yesterday and everything went according to plan. The rigging and the UDTs look great; it makes a real difference to the line of the deck and is a very clean system. We are very happy with what we have seen so far and look forward to seeing the difference the composite rigging makes”.
Cinderella’s UDT design, which is the first of its type, was developed by Future Fibres’ in-house engineering department, who, after presenting the idea early on in the design process, worked closely with the Tripp design office and Vitters yard to ensure a seamless installation. The result is a stainless tube, bonded directly to the chainplate, into which sits an inner adjustable tube housing the V1 end fitting.
Running in parallel, Jethou is the first in the race market to feature the UDT system. Built by Green Marine, the Judel Vrolijk designed 60 footer, launched in April, features a fully optimised race rigging package. This includes internal tangs, bullet threaders and a set of bespoke spreader ends – designed to minimise the profile of the spreader tip.
Future Fibres’ Miles Amin remarked: “There has only been a handful of custom race boat launches this year, so it’s great that we were able to see the UDT in action on a boat of her calibre so quickly. We worked very closely with Green Marine’s engineering department to produce an ultra light version of the UDT. Constructed mainly out of composite materials, it offers a considerable weight reduction compared to a normal turnbuckle, as well as having a significant impact on windage.”
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