Published on: 22 July 2021
From British sail lofts with full UK-based sales, service, design and manufacturing, through to products and equipment from some of the world’s largest international companies, every aspect relating to sails, spars, and rigging will be on show at Southampton International Boat Show.
“Our presence at Southampton International Boat Show is instrumental in kick starting the new season. Our brand awareness increases exponentially and there is nothing quite like meeting customers face to face and for them to be able to see the quality of our sails and products for themselves,” say Annabel Shove, Director at Rolly Tasker Sails UK.
Rolly Tasker’s stand will be featuring 10 mini sails at the show. Each mini sail is constructed exactly the way the real sail would be made, demonstrating every detail from seams with triple stitching, radial patches, batten pockets and tack reinforcements to luff sliders, reefs, and even draft stripes. The mini sails also cover the different levels of construction and different fabrics from cross cut and radial cut Dacron, to cruising and race laminates.
Brand new at this year’s show, Rolly Tasker UK will also feature a new range of furlers for Asymmetric and Code Zero sails with torsion lines. Manufactured by Sveggen in France, these furlers are available in three sizes for yachts ranging from 20-60ft. With prices starting at £850, these high standard and precision engineered furlers are extremely easy and comfortable to handle.
Kemp Sails, which carries out all its sail design and manufacturing in the UK, will be showcasing its new Anchor Vane, an innovative product designed to stabilise the boat to the breeze whilst at anchor.
Dolphin Sails, which has recently expanded into a new manufacturing facility and created a dedicated sales and projects office on the South Coast, alongside its two manufacturing lofts in Essex, will be showcasing the technology used to create its sails, covers and awnings. Investment into scanners and data capture tools, and design software now enables Dolphin to reduce the amount of template cloth – which is plastic waste – from conventional plastic patterning techniques.
Paul Austin, Sales and South Coast Manager at Dolphin, says: “The Southampton International Boat Show is a great place to showcase our amazing products and gain new business. It is also a perfect show for meeting new customers along with catching up with old ones and hearing about their adventures or getting feedback for product development on what we have produced. This will be our 7th year at the show and every year we add to our growing customer base from repairs and winter service through to new sail and cover products. We are one of only a few that can offer both sail and cover products within our industry.”
Seldén Mast will be showcasing its full range of products including Furlex headsail furlers, CX and GX top down furlers, Electric Furlex, and deck hardware. Making their debut at Southampton, the E40i electric winch and Synchronised Main Furling (SMF) system are both designed to enable easier sail handling especially with limited crew on board. Suitable for yachts up to 50ft, the SMF system is being fitted on new yachts as well as retrofitted on existing craft.
Sam Vaughan, Head of Sales at Seldén Mast, comments: “For Seldén, Southampton International Boat Show is still the key industry event in the UK and the best arena for us to connect with our core customers. With only a handful of regional shows in the last few months, which have been much more focused on boat sales, Southampton International Boat Show is an ideal opportunity to showcase the products we’ve launched over the pandemic period and introduce the Seldén brand to all the new aftermarket boat owners which have resulted from this period where travel has been restricted and alternative activities sought.”
VMG Technology Masts & Marine Systems will be displaying equipment from Leisure Furl® in-boom furling, Gold Standard Rigging from Italy, masts and spars from Pauger Carbon Composites and ropes and lines from Armare Ropes on its stand at the show.
Harken’s stand will be packed with its full product range of winches, furlers, travellers and genoa leads, mainsheet systems, blocks, complementary hardware and more. New products at the Southampton International Boat Show include the innovative Marine grip, a non-absorbent and non-abrasive tape which provides superior grip without damage to footwear, clothing, wetsuits or skin.
Performance cruising sails and sail handling systems are showcased on Jeckells stand where Chris Jeckells, who has personally been exhibiting at Southampton International Boat Show for 40 years, is on hand to provide friendly advice. The company has also found ways to reduce wastage and support the local community from its sail making activities. Chris says: “Our multi-colour spinnakers are extremely popular. We use offcuts to make these multi coloured spinnakers, and we also supply many local schools with the off-cuts that we cannot use, so very little waste goes into landfill.”
To be part of the Southampton International Boat Show 2021, book your exhibiting space now. Email email@example.com to secure a spot.
The Seldén Sychronised Main Furling
Seldén E40i Electric Winch