Sunday, April 26, 2015

Investment into Hall Spars NZ facility

As Hall Spars NZ's order book continues to grow we have made significant investment into the Auckland facility, including the recent completion of a new mezzanine workspace above the factory. This new area has afforded us 351m2 of much needed additional production space and will accommodate a 26m carbon plotter and cordage solutions complete with a test bed and custom composite components area. The new space is now fully operational and we are pleased to be able to make use of the added capacity this has afforded us.

Mezzanine space before development

Mezzanine space after development

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Busy superyacht season for Hall Spars NZ

As the 2015 summer season in New Zealand comes to a close, Hall Spars & Rigging New Zealand is pleased to have been busy with work on several visiting superyachts undergoing refit and maintenance work.

These projects have included work for existing Hall Spars customers, including 37m Dubois-designed Bliss and Escapade, 30.8m Oyster 100 Sarafin and 30m CNB Chrisco, which all chose to use the services of Hall Spars NZ for their planned refit and survey work.

Bliss, built by local Kiwi builder Yachting Developments in 2009, underwent a five-year service on her five-spreader carbon Hall Spars mast and Oceanfurl boom. “Hall Spars NZ has continued to look after Bliss from the time that the mast was stepped at launch over five years ago to the major rig refit during five year survey period recently,” said Guy Waddilove of 8 Yachts, management company for Bliss. “We have been very happy with the team’s technical abilities, their attention to detail and their fast action.”

Bliss and Escapade in Auckland's Silo Marina

Escapade, built by Fitzroy Yachts in 2014 and also managed by 8 Yachts, returned to New Zealand for her one-year service, with overall work including the servicing of her Hall Spars High Modulus seamless carbon mast, Oceanfurl boom and SCR carbon aerofoil continuous rigging. She is the first yacht of her size to feature solid carbon continuous aerofoil rigging, which equates to reduced wind resistance. This innovative rigging technology has been applied by Hall Spars across a wide range of smaller projects, but to date Escapade is still setting a precedent for this technology in the superyacht sector.

“Hall Spars’ global network provides support for all our superyacht clients, both new and current, but we always particularly enjoy working with superyacht customers at home here in New Zealand,” said Dave Ridley, Operations Manager at Hall Spars NZ. “It was a pleasure working with these long-term customers, and gratifying that they chose to work with us once again.”

Hall Spars NZ welcomes all superyacht enquiries, whether for new build, refit and service work, and offers uncompromising service and quality from their Auckland base. The company is taking bookings for works periods for 2016 and beyond, with several yachts already confirmed for the coming season.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Raging Hormones wins Young 88 Nationals 2015

Congratulations to Zane Gifford and crew on Raging Hormones, which features a Hall Spars NZ mast and rigging package, for taking the win at the recent Young 88 Nationals here in Auckland. After ten races, the team came first on line and second on handicap to take the overall win against strong competition.

Image: Suellen Hurling |