This year’s Monaco Yacht Show highlighted an increase in the value of projects being discussed by the Southern Spars’ team. However, mast company sales manager Dean Harper says they saw less activity in the market for smaller superyachts and race yachts.
Widely regarded as the world leader in composite spar manufacturing, service and rigging, Southern Spars had new products – a second generation furling boom and a carbon foil headstay – to talk about to visitors at the highest profile superyacht event of the year.
Several superyachts on display at September’s MYS featured Southern Spars mast and rigging packages, including multi award-winning Vertigo, the new Wally 100’ Hamilton, a Southern Wind 102’, the J Class Rainbow, Infiniti 36GT, Mondango, Red Dragon and Tiara.
Southern Spars joined other members of the NZ Marine Export Group on “New Zealand Street” and the company’s marketing manager Josh Impey says it’s great to be in the same stand as previous years as clients know where to find them. “With the help of the NZMEG team, shipping and set-up is a lot easier and we all join together for the New Zealand-themed function on Wednesday night which a great way to highlight New Zealand’s culture and the innovative technology for which Kiwis are so well-known to clients and European suppliers and distributors.”
Josh says they also ran the fourth annual ‘Freshly Brewed’ breakfast and presentation. “This was again a great success as we enjoyed the opportunity to educate and update designers, owners’ reps, boatyards, captains, sailing media and the wider industry on why Southern Spars is the world leader in design and construction of carbon fibre spars and components. Around 90 people also heard about our latest research and development projects, new rigging technology, and rig servicing. On all accounts the feedback was very positive.”