When Perini Navi, chose to partner with Future Fibres, the message to the industry was clear: It was one of mutual trust.
The contract won earlier this year are for two 60m sailing yachts and confirms the arrival of the Future Fibres spar division onto the superyacht scene.
Both luxury yachts, one a sloop and the other a ketch, come from a new generation of 60m sailing yachts sold by Perini Navi.
For the sloop, Future Fibres will be supplying a full mast, furling boom and rigging package, which will be completed by 2014. The mast tube will measure a massive 72.2m and the boat will become one of an elite few yachts that cannot transit the Panama Canal due to rig height.
The client’s desire for performance will see the sloop’s rig built with race-bred features throughout: locking mechanisms on halyards to reduce mast compression and save weight, a stowable staysail system, high modulus fibre for a lighter stiffer mast and an innovative batten slide solution to increase sail life. The clear finish carbon mast will leave nothing to hide – show-casing precision tooling and the build accuracy of the product.
The sloop will also have a female moulded carbon pre-preg boom with electronic furling motors. The new furling system will be fully tunable, using state-of-the-art software and torque feedback to optimise furling performance.
Once complete, the boom will have an overall length of 22.2m.
This project comes off the back of a series of massive 25m+ furling booms currently in production, and will put Future Fibres behind the four biggest furling booms ever built. A set of solid carbon rigging will complete the fully optimised mast and rigging package.
For the ketch, the spar maker has already started building almost a kilometre of TSC solid carbon rigging. The V1 for the main mast will have an impressive -750 equivalent cable (the 46m sloop Pink Gin has a -540 equivalent V1 span).
In its first two years of business, the Future Fibres spar division has already delivered two Volvo 70s, an America’s Cup wing, an Open 60 and a 72′ Mini Maxi.