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Harken captive winch technology trickles down

Harken captive winches

Once the exclusive preserve of the mega yachts, the benefits of captive winch technology are now becoming much more widely available. Out of sight and out of mind perhaps, but a new generation of captive reel winches is evidence of a hidden revolution below decks. Market leaders Harken have raised the

Bénéteau let the cat(s) out of the bag

Bénéteau

There’s a great big gap right in the middle of the multihull market and Groupe Bénéteau – the world's biggest yacht builder – has launched a whole new brand to fill it. With its all new Excess catamarans Bénéteau is forging a sporty, modern and youthful brand identity, offering a new

Doyle Sails cableless headsails deliver results

Doyle Sails cableless headsails deliver results

Boxing Day 2018 marked the start of a pretty good story for the latest Doyle Sails technology. The 2018 Rolex Sydney-Hobart race brought together some of the finest offshore sailors on the planet. Four 100ft Maxis raced to Hobart, with two of these plus the overall winner, the Reichel/Pugh 66 Alive,

Carbo-Link: Demystifying solid carbon rigging

Carbo-Link: Demystifying solid carbon rigging

Not long ago, solid carbon rigging was only seen on the edgiest of grand prix racers. Now, since Carbo-Link has helped transform the sector, this most advanced of racing products is used on many large high-end superyachts. The performance-enhancing benefits of Carbo-Link’s solid carbon rigging are becoming more widely known, with

Elvstrøm Sails: Decoding the Code Zero

Elvstrøm Sails: Decoding the Code Zero

Chris Dickson was actually there first, with a huge sacrificial leech on the ‘upwind spinnaker’ used by his 1993 Whitbread entry Tokio – but it was Paul Cayard’s EF Language team who developed it into the modern Code Zero. For 20 years Elvstrøm Sails has been steadily refining its ideas for

McConaghy Boats: Forever Fast

McConaghy Boats: Forever Fast

  McConaghy Boats has only ever built one type of racing boats – very quick ones. The current list of monohull elapsed time records for offshore races reads like an alumni book for McConaghy Boats – more first-to-finish line honour awards have gone to yachts from this builder than any other. The

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