Carbon composites are known for their:
> High fatigue tolerance
> Stability under environmental exposure
> Exceptional strength to weight
All these features make carbon composites attractive not just for the construction of mast tubes and fittings, but also for standing rigging.
EC6 has been installed on a variety of yachts ranging from 11’ moths up to 200’+ superyachts. All on and off the water testing has proven that the product will outlast any other rigging product around.
The Open 60 Paprec-Virbac won the 2007/2008 Barcelona doubled-handed nonstop round the world race with EC6 Continuous carbon shrouds. Post-race testing confirmed that there was no strength degradation. The boat has now travelled approximately 58,600nm with the original set of rigging. Paprec-Virbac 3 won the 2010/2011 edition of the race with EC6 Continous rigging, proving that EC6 technology really is the most advanced rig setup around.
The VP3 team comments, “Needless to say, our team is thrilled with the final result, which has exceeded our initial expectations, and we look forward to a continued partnership with Southern Spars.”
All seven VO70s, including winner Ericsson 4, completed the 2008/09 VOR using EC6 Continuous with no major incidents to report.
Most recently, the new Volvo 70’s Puma, Telefonica and Camper are utilising the EC6 continuous rigging technology for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race.