Launched at this year's Monaco Yacht Show and targeted at both the superyacht and race market, the new turnbuckle replacement offers significant savings compared to alternative systems.
Suitable for either above or below deck installation, the new system removes a remarkable 60 percent of the weight and height of a traditional turnbuckle. The Valencia-based R&D team was able to remove all unnecessary metalwork to develop the Low Profile (LP) Adjuster (patents pending), with the resulting simple, yet elegantly engineered solution now attaching directly into the boat's chainplate. Able to work across the full range, from 40 footers to the largest superyachts, the new system is a big step forward for product optimisation and manages to remain a cost effective alternative to a traditional turnbuckle.
Future Fibres has always strived to challenge the historical technological standards. Now, the ability to produce composite cables with millimetre accuracy and zero creep, together with the almost standard use of mast jacks, has removed the need for adjustment under load to tune the mast. Head of Future Fibres R&D, Humphrey Bunyan, commented on what this has meant for development: "The LP Adjuster fits well with our design philosophy: by incorporating asymmetric, incremental adjustment within the toggle itself, we reduce the number of parts and metalwork to a minimum, which not only provides simple installation and maintenance but is inherently safe and strong. This is only possible because of the remarkable base properties of PBO".
"The LP Adjuster is another example of us working closely with yacht designers and yards to move rigging technology forward and deliver the very best package to the client. This latest development follows just months after our revolutionary Under Deck Turnbuckle (UDT) system was heralded as a massive success and featured on the Tripp 38m sloop, Cinderella IV. It's an exciting time to be in the rigging industry!"
The Future Fibres R&D department is also currently working on several other major product developments, including an improved code cable. The team has been working closely with a Madrid based technical institute to identify ways to maximise the life of existing products, as well as research into other fibres and optimising manufacturing processes.
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