Hall Spars New Zealand has battened down the hatches as August 2015 brought further news of heightened production at their cutting edge Auckland facility in the shape of 4 new custom built Oceanfurl booms for the Oyster 825-05 and 825-06, a Hill 20-metre and Dubois 37-metre.
Sophisticated and functional, demand for Oceanfurl booms from the premiere builder of high-performance spars and rigging is continuing to grow with more construction set to begin later in the year. With a carbon fibre prepreg nomex cored design and streamlined carbon-fiber body and furling mandrel, these stalwart booms are extremely lightweight without compromising on safety or convenience. Drive options include hydraulic, manual or electric (for smaller booms) and the Oceanfurl can be reefed or furled when sailing at deep angles, improving comfort in all conditions.
Andy Sheltrum, Captain of Dubois 37m S/Y Bliss, says "We have used our Oceanfurl boom for over 5 years; racing in regattas and ultimately completing over 80,000 miles. The boom works as well today as it did when it was new. The large furling angles and electronic luff adjuster makes single person operation a breeze."
Hall's innovative 2015 range of Oceanfurl tooling utilises a precision single cook process in which the shell of the boom, flush ring frames, stiffening, patching and the shelf are co-cured in their custom aerospace grade autoclave; removing the requirement for secondary bonding and dramatically increasing the structural integrity of the boom whilst saving overall weight and driving performance.
A new 2015 slim-line shape sees a greater taper and smaller aft end creating the sleekest profile possible. The front end has been re-modeled and is capable of open-front or traditional closed-front boom options.
This same level of attention to detail is reflected in the finishing with the fitting of dimmable recessed white or warm LED lights over consoles and guest seating areas as well as an integral boom cover with the option for hidden awning tracks.
Oceanfurl booms have a large size range with the very economical 50ft range to the very elegant 50m range used on boats like the Wally 50m Better Place. They can be retrofitted to any mast and operation is a breeze with manual or automated controls.