Rondal completes two major superyacht rigging projects

Rondal has announced the successful completion of two major superyacht rigging projects at its facility in Vollenhove in the Netherlands.

At the end of April, Rondal installed a 73m mainmast aboard Perini Navi’s new 70m ketch, Sybaris. This followed the fitting of the 60m mizzen mast, which was installed a few weeks earlier when the yacht was still on hard standing.

According to Rondal, two telescopic cranes carefully orchestrated the positioning of the 73m spar above the yacht to achieve the perfect fit. The mainmast marks the tallest ever produced by Rondal, and the tallest one-piece mast ever produced anywhere.

Rondal reported, “The engineering of a one-piece mast on this scale represents a major achievement, not only for Rondal who developed the concept and the technology for single-piece spar construction, but also for Perini and the wider superyacht industry.”

The complete rigging package features two style-to-order Rondal furling booms, as well as spreaders, standing and running rigging and monitoring sensors. In the coming weeks, the masts and solid carbon rigging by Carbo Link will be tuned prior to extensive sea trials.

Rondal also supplied all flush deck hatches, feeders for the blade, staysail, main and mizzel sheets for the project, as well as an electrically-operated stainless steel sliding door, clad in titanium.

Rondal has also announced the installation of a 62m Rondal carbon fibre one-piece mast aboard the 46m Tripp-designed sloop, Skade – launched at Holland Jachtbouw early in 2016.

For the project, Rondal shared that it supplied and stepped a full rig package, consisting of a mast and furling boom, standing and running rigging, plus “some innovative extras”.

According to Rondal, the continuous side rigging configuration from Carbo Link creates “smooth looks at the spreader ends”. The diagonals are the first to be linked to Rondal’s new internal D-tang system, which Rondal reports to “create a clean and smooth look at deck level, since no turnblocks are required, yet it still facilitates length adjustments at the D-tangs and shims at chain plate – all without affecting functionality, quality and serviceability.

“A further feature of the standing rigging is that the loads on all shrouds are measured in real time. The output is not only made available to crew to assist in trim and rig management, it is also communicated to Rondal engineers, who will utilise the data to assist in the optimisation of future projects.”

S/Y Skade has since undergone successful sea trails, and is now enjoying her maiden voyage.

For more information, visit Rondal.


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