To achieve DIMENSION-POLYANT’s goal of continuous product development a commitment at both the design and manufacturing level is required. At the design level we have commissioned a number of studies into the optimisation of fibre layouts. The optimisation parameters for a smaller Grand Prix racing yacht are different to that of a Superyacht cruising yacht where appropriate safety factors in terms of breaking strengths become more critical. Interestingly, a recent optimisation study on a Superyacht main and jib showed that our safety factors were consistent with the requirements for such a yacht and the optimisation process allowed us to maintain that safety factor but reduce weight slightly and improve shape holding ability.
Ultra-PE continues to present a significant advantage in Superyacht sail construction with its very significant strength properties and good stretch resistance. SK90 is another step in the development of the Ultra-PE yarn with stretch resistance closer to that of Carbon fibre.