Big is best for luxury yachts

Auckland carbon spar design company Southern Spars was today rigging the latest 58-metre Kokomo with the world’s second biggest carbon fibre mast, at 75 metres tall.

But the company says it’s working on an even bigger mast (83m tall) for an undisclosed party in Europe. Even still, it won’t quite beat the world’s largest, at 88m.

In the trend towards creating the biggest, fastest luxury racing yacht, Auckland’s marine industry has been busy.

With a whole team working on the mast, boom and rigging for the Alloy Yachts-built Kokomo, Southern Spar has created a new product, the Element C6 rig made from (lighter and stronger) carbon fibre.

Southern Spars rig pro general manager Paul Macdonald said a lot of research and development had gone into the project.

“The Prime Minister would be happy with the R&D spend on this one.”

Besides the EC6, the company upgraded the rigging boom for the third Kokomo and made changes to the staysail stay.

The company’s next project is for a bigger, more performance-orientated yacht.

“These big projects have never been done before, so we have to set the standard.”

The 2,500 square-metre Stratis sail, made by Doyle Sails, will be the largest fitted to a yacht in January.


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