• NauticExpo e-Magazine - #14 - Rigging Innovations - NauticExpo e-Magazine
    September 28, 2017

    Your Monthly Dose of Nautical and Maritime Innovation


    Fittings: Moving From Steel to Textile

    Toward Fast, Easy-to-Use Rigging

    VIDEO. Cannes Yachting Festival

    Rigging Innovations

    New Rigging Features

    Fittings are moving from steel to textile. You’ve probably seen loops of Dyneema rope, so called “soft shackles.”  Why would sailors opt for textile fittings? We asked the experts. We also spoke with Sweden’s Seldén, a big player in rigging, about their new features.




    We went to the Cannes Yachting Festival, Europe’s leading in-water boat show. On the menu for this year’s edition, the connected boat and foils. We boarded Beneteau’s Gran Turismo 50, the first yacht to resemble a smart home and met with SEAir, maker of the world’s first rigid inflatable with foils. Watch our video reports.




    We spoke with the British firm Recycling Technologies about their system that turns a mix of plastics into marine fuel oil.


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    Dyneema, Kevlar and PBO are stronger than stainless steel and about ten times lighter.
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    This article was published in January 2017 in NautixExpo e-magazine #6. You’ve probably seen them: loops of Dyneema rope, so called “soft shackles,” or blocks in which certain elements are textile rather than metal. Even textile deck fittings are entering the market and becoming increasingly popular.   This quiet...

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    For a serious racing sailor, carbon is the way to go.
    Seldén is a big player in rigging (Courtesy of Seldén)


    Sweden’s Seldén is a big player in rigging. NauticExpo e-magazine discussed current trends and likely future developments with director of marketing Mats-Uno Fredriksson.


    Since sailing is a very gear-intensive activity, continual development is crucial. This includes boat design, deck hardware, electronics and clothing. Ongoing changes cover every aspect of boating. The rigging is one of the most important and expensive elements of a sailboat. Since sailors spend a lot of time and energy handling sails, we wondered how new rigging features meet their needs.

    NauticExpo e-magazine: What were the most fundamental changes in rigging over the last ten years?

    Mats-Uno Fredriksson: The use of downwind sails with furling systems is booming. Top-down furling for gennakers and Code 0 sails with furlers have reached the market. The Code 0 is an ideal addition to modern boats with jibs and no genoa.

    NE e-magazine: How do these changes affect the way we race and cruise, and the sailing experience in general?

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    Fredriksson: I would say it’s mostly about more speed and happier crews. The top-down gennaker furler is mainly a cruising product, but the furlable Code 0 is used both by cruisers and racers. Both make for fast, easy sailing.

    NE e-magazine: How important are non-metal materials like Dyneema, Spectra and carbon in the development of new products?

    Fredriksson: Carbon products have been around for 20 years, and we are one of many manufacturers. It’s a niche product. It’s very expensive compared to aluminum, but unrivalled for stiffness and low weight. For a serious racing sailor, carbon is the way to go. But for the major part of the market—the cruisers—carbon can’t compete with aluminum. Dyneema and similar materials are really taking over from polyester line in running rigging. Dyneema core is also very common for runners and backstays nowadays.

    NE e-magazine: What do you think the next decade will bring?

    Fredriksson: We will see an increasing focus on convenient sail handling solutions. For example, electric headsail furlers, furling masts and winches.

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    Backed by the UK government, the British firm Recycling Technologies (RT) is piloting a system able to turn a mix of plastics—including cling film, polyester clothing, carpets and much more—into marine fuel oil that will more than meet the 2020 MARPOL Annex VI global 0.50% sulfur cap.   The RT prototype machine is...

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