Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Special Delivery to Nautor's Swan

Just in time for the holidays, Hall BV in Breskens has shipped over 100m of mast tubes to Nautor's Swan - one for the Swan 68 and another for the Swan 115. Stay tuned for updates!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hall Introduces HCB Composite Battens














Designed for high-performance and low weight. Built for longevity.

Hall Spars and Rigging's hollow composite battens are the new benchmark in mainsail shape control. As world leaders in composite spars and components, Hall Spars has transferred our technology to make the most advanced batten in yachting today. Using high quality pre-preg carbon fiber, the battens are manufactured in custom solid aluminum female tooling using 6 bar of pressure to ensure aerospace quality lamination and minimum resin content. Engineered to your sail designers specific stiffness' or from our custom range, your Hall Composite battens will take your boat that next step closer to the championship.


HCB Battens offer a full range of end fittings from soft sail furling to batten receptacles, lashing outboard ends, adjustable outboard or inboard ends with screw adjusters.



To order, contact battens@hallspars.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ker 56 Racer Launched with Hall Spars


Hall BV  has recently launched the Ker 56 Varuna VI, a canting keel offshore race boat. Equipped with a Hall Spars HR40 carbon mast, carbon boom and AutoLocks, Varuna VI jumped right into the racing scene, competing in Les Voiles de St. Tropez and the Rolex Middle Sea Race shortly after launch. Read more from Knierim Yachtbouw here...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ron Jacobs and Ike Bowen Join the Hall Spars Team

Hall Spars & Rigging has expended its reach in Australia, as Sydney-based yachting veteran Ron Jacobs has signed with Hall to continue the commitment to the support and growth of the Australian market. In Ron we have found a highly experienced, technically capable representative whose depth of industry knowledge and relationships speak for themselves, said Hall NZ Managing Director Garry Hassall. "An oft crowned sailor himself, Ron blends a core understanding of client needs with an extensive background in project management." Read more here...

Meanwhile, at the Hall US facility, Ike Bowen has joined Hall Spars & Rigging as Service Manager. With over two decades experience in sailmaking, marine manufacturing, competitive sailing and project management, Ike brings a wealth of knowledge and capability to the Hall World Service Branch in the US.

"Being first introduced to the Hall group while working in the sailmaking industry many years ago, I am happy to join a company with so many people I have known and worked with over the years," said Bowen. "Hall Spars & Rigging has a history that is unmatched, and I am excited to be a part of the world-class Hall service team."

Friday, October 9, 2015

Oyster 825-04 Launched with Hall Spars

On Monday, 5th October, Oyster 825-04 Albatros was stepped in Southampton, with the team from Hall BV on hand. A slightly different rig from the sloop-rigged 825-01 and 825-03, the yacht is cutter-rigged, equipped with a Hall carbon mast and Oceanfurl Boom. Following sea trials, the boat will leave for Las Palmas to join the ARC.














Monday, October 5, 2015

Hall Receives 35-Year Recognition Award

Harken, leading manufacturer of sailboat hardware & accessories, has just recognized Hall Spars & Rigging for '35 Years of Fearless Pioneering' - solidifying the strong relationship between the two companies over the last three and a half decades. Hall, pleased and proud to have worked with Harken so consistently for so long, looks forward to the next 35 years of cooperation and beyond.

Find Harken products in the Hall Spars & Rigging online store by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Advanced 80 Launched with Hall Spars


The team at Hall BV recently completed the rig for Advanced 80 Apsaras, by Advanced Italian Yachts in Milan. The yacht is equipped with a Hall carbon mast and V-Boom, contributing to the form, function and beauty above deck. See more on the Advanced 80 here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Developments in High-Tech Hall Halyard Locks

Hall AutoLocks: The Halyard Lock without the Hassle of Trip Lines
Hoist, lock, hoist, unlock. It's a simple concept, and the idea behind Hall AutoLocks.





In the search for lighter, simpler, safer and cleaner solutions for fittings in general, Hall wasn't satisfied with the typical trip line halyard locks common to the market. As we know, trip lines can cause many issues - they break, they get tangled with halyards and they complicate short-handed sailing where crew may not be available to tend trip lines. So why not eliminate that step?



Hall started with the concept of AutoLocks in 2007 and have continued to develop this innovative product over the years. The result is the safest, cleanest line of automatic halyard locks on the market. A library of designs from 2T to 90T Maximum Breaking Load (MBL) has been built for virtually any lock position on the mast and boat.




Some latest developments include:
Bowsprit Tack Line AutoLocks - internal locks mounted inside the bowsprit to lock the tack lines at the source, and Square Top Mainsail Car AutoLocks - with two automatically locking units (one for the square top and one for the car hoist position). This new development has made a complex task easy and quick - no need to go up in a chair to attach the square top:

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Hall's most common locks are Internal AutoLocks that can be fitted into many places in the mast, boom, boat and prods. The internal locks are versatile and have a wide range of sizes to fit whatever loads are required. Also available are hanging BlockLocks, external jib locks and a wide variety of mainsail car and reef locks. Click here for lock descriptions and 3D images.

For more information on which Hall AutoLock is best for you, including where you can purchase, contact Tim Hall at  t.hall@hallspars.com 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Solaris 58 Launched with Hall Spars

The beautiful new Solaris 58 DinAli was launched in Grado, Italy last week. The yacht is equipped with a carbon mast and V-Boom, both manufactured at Hall BV in Breskens, Holland.










Friday, July 10, 2015

W46 Launched with Hall Spars

The latest addition to the W Class family of yachts, W46 Nashua, was launched this week at Rockport Marine in Rockport, Maine. Hall Vice President Phil Garland was on hand for the stepping and launch - the yacht is equipped with a high modulus carbon mast and carbon boom manufactured at the Hall US facility in Bristol, Rhode Island.














Friday, June 19, 2015

Frers 22.5m Launched with Hall Spars

The Hall Service team has just returned from Maine, having installed the carbon fiber mast, V-Boom and SCR rigging to the beautiful new Frers 22.5m, Foggy. Click here to read more about the launch at Brooklin Boatyard from the Ellsworth American, and stay tuned for updates when the yacht gets out sailing.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hall Spars Celebrates 35 Years


(9 June 2015, Bristol, RI, USA) - Opening the doors to a small shop on June 9, 1980, in Bristol, Rhode Island, Eric Hall  and Phil Garland founded Hall Spars & Rigging with a staff of four mast makers and a receptionist. Today, Hall proudly celebrates 35 years as an industry leader in high-performance spars and rigging.
Hall pioneered the combination of autoclave curing and seamless carbon construction. Milestones include expansion into multiple state-of-the-art factories on three continents, a hand in three America's Cup victories, a DAME Innovation Award for Seamless Carbon Rigging with an airfoil shape and development and patent of the award-winning AutoLock halyard lock. 
"A lot of years, a lot of miles, a lot of boats, a lot of rigs, a lot of trophies," noted Vice President Phil Garland. "And a lot of customers and friends. We would never have had this many successes without their support for the past three and a half decades."
In response to the growing demand for Hall's technology and expertise, 2013 brought the formation of Hall Composites, the non-marine division of Hall Spars, responsible for prototype design, development and production for the energy, aerospace, architectural and defense industries. Projects include manufacture of Advanced Design Cross Flow tidal turbines and rocket components launched into space. Both Hall Spars and Hall Composites achieved ISO:9001:2008 certification in 2014.
Vice President Ben Hall said, "It's hard to describe everything we have accomplished in the last 35 years... America's Cup victories, winning spars on everything from dinghies to megayachts, unique leading edge products and specialty components that go anywhere from the bottom of the ocean to outer space. I am proud to be a part of this and especially proud of our highly skilled and dedicated workforce."
Hall's worldwide infrastructure affords the company a global reach, and with manufacturing facilities in the US, Holland and New Zealand, Hall Spars & Rigging looks forward to a future of continued performance and innovation in the marine industry and beyond.

"35 years - it's hard to believe," said Hall Spars President Eric Hall. "We started in 1980 with four in the shop and three in the office." Citing the tight-knit nature of the company, he added, "Four of us are still here. We started this company with ambitious dreams and high values. I daresay we have exceeded our wildest dreams, and our standards have never wavered. Pride isn't a big enough word for how we feel."





Monday, June 8, 2015

Solaris 50 Launched with Hall Spars

The latest rig out of Hall BV in Breskens, Holland is the Solaris 50. Equipped with a carbon mast and boom AlmaVida2 is the latest Solaris yacht to sport a Hall rig, joining others including the 48 & 58, and upcoming rigs for another 50, two 58s and the new 72. Stay tuned for more on the continuing partnership between Hall Spars and Solaris Yachts!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Magda XIII Launched with Hall Spars

Magda XIII, the largest design ever built by Johan Anker, has been refit with a high modulus HR40 carbon mast and standard modulus 34-700 carbon boom. Built on the Hall 352C mandrel, the mast and boom have a classic style taper. The yacht was designed and built in Sandefjord, Norway in 1938.

Johan Anker was also the designer of the Dragon, first launched in 1929, and chosen for the Olympic Class from 1948 to 1972. Continuing the Olympic tradition, Hall Spars & Rigging is also the official rig supplier for the current Olympic Class multihull, the Nacra 17, to be sailed at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games.

Hall BV's Pieter Brinkman is on hand in Sandefjord for assembly and stepping, and sail trials will be held together with the team from Quantum Sails immediately following. Stay tuned for more photos!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hall Newsletters

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Click here for the Hall Spars NZ Newsletter

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Strong Start to 2015

As of the writing of this edition, Hall-rigged yachts have swept the podium in the Maxi 2 class at Les Voiles de St. Barths - an impressive regatta for Lupa of London, Selene and Stark Raving Mad VII. Claiming the top two in CSA Spinnaker 0, TP52s Vesper and Sorcha held strong throughout the event. The Hall advantage helped sail these boats to victory.

The year began with a win for Ker 46 Partrice, rig by Hall NZ, claiming IRC Division 1 victory in the Sydney-Hobart Race by over 2 hours, beating out many larger grand prix yachts. Next up, Tonnerre 4 (left) at Key West Race Week, with Ker 43 Otra Vez coming in a close second in IRC 2. In March, Swan 80 Selene took first in IRC Class A at the Rolex Swan Caribbean Cup, and Baltic/RP 147 Visione followed with a Class A win at the St. Barth's Bucket at the end of the month.



Hall-rigged yachts continue to place in the top three at events the world over - can't wait to see what the rest of 2015 has in store!

Hall SCR Innovation Continues

The SCR department at Hall has had a busy year providing rigging for yachts large and small, for both racing and cruising. Continuous Airfoil SCR was provided for the Baltic 108 WinWin (pictured), a hi-tech racer/cruiser. The side rigging was fabricated as one continuous piece, and was just able to fit inside the Hall US building! Other continuous projects include the Cookson 50 and TP52 Vesper, both high performance racing yachts. Highlights of discontinuous projects include rigging for multiple Oysters, Swans, and a J/125 retrofit.

A new development for SCR was used on the retrofit rigging for the Wally 80 Tango. A discontinuous V1 with continuous upper rigging allowed for easy shipping while minimizing hardware weight and expense. Hall recently completed a bobstay with bobbin end fittings for a Baltic 78 and will be making this type of bobstay for a Contest 72 and an IRC52. The bobbin end fittings are lightweight and allow for a simple pin connection, making this an ideal solution for a bobstay. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hoek Eagle 54 Launched with Hall Spars


Hall BV's Freddy Franssens was on hand for the recent launch and sea trials of the Hoek-designed Eagle 54, built by Leonardo Yachts in The Netherlands. Ready for Palma, this yacht features a carbon mast, furling boom and rod rigging.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Composites Industry Gathers at Hall

BRISTOL, RI USA - The Rhode Island Composites Alliance, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, hosted a Composites Manufacturing Forum, "The Future of Rhode Island's Economy," at Hall, Inc. Wednesday.

Government officials and industry experts held a roundtable discussion focusing on economic growth and job creation in the Ocean State and throughout the country. Welcoming the guests, President Eric Hall noted that with over three decades of composites expertise, Hall was proud to provide such an ideal venue for the event, showcasing the latest in composite technology and manufacturing.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse hosted the head of the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams, on a day-long tour of Rhode Island, beginning with the forum at Hall.  They went on to meet with additional Rhode Island businesses and discussed ways that the EDA could support economic growth and job creation in the state.  



“EDA funding is giving Rhode Island employers the tools they need to grow and hire,” said Senator Whitehouse, “and it’s helping to build infrastructure that makes our state a more attractive place to do business.  As our state’s economy continues to rebound we’ll need more investments like this, and I believe today’s visit helped Assistant Secretary Williams and his team at EDA see that sending federal dollars to our Ocean State will continue to pay off.”

“As the Rhode Island economy continues to recover, it’s important that we take advantage of every available opportunity to leverage federal funding that will get Rhode Islanders back to work and grow our economy,” said Cicilline. “I thank Assistant Secretary of Commerce Jay Williams for joining us in Rhode Island today and highlighting the importance of investing in local infrastructure projects, as well as new opportunities for our manufacturers and small business owners to expand their operations and compete in a global marketplace.”

“I was honored to see first-hand how Rhode Island is working collaboratively to build on its impressive history as a manufacturing and maritime engine,” said Assistant Secretary Williams.  “Through the coordinated efforts of the congressional delegation, and with solid buy-in from civic and business leaders, Rhode Island is capitalizing on its assets and innovating today to build the next generation of job-creating businesses.  EDA has been, and will continue to be, a proud partner.”




Joining Williams and the congressional delegation at Hall were Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen and Rhode Island Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello.

“My jobs plan is designed to help businesses make it in Rhode Island,” said Raimondo. “I look forward to partnering with marine and composite manufacturing companies to grow our economy and get Rhode Islanders back to work.”

Moderated by Senator Whitehouse and Rich O'Maera of Core Composites, the panel discussed how the state’s composites industry is leveraging a long tradition of excellence in marine manufacturing to expand into fast-growing and dynamic new industries, such as aerospace and defense.  Hall recognized and seized this opportunity, expanding from its world-renowned marine Spars & Rigging company to create Hall Composites - a division providing the same technology and expertise in non-marine applications.


"Hall was proud to host the Composites Manufacturing Forum, as we were selected for our impressive advanced composites skills and facilities," President Eric Hall noted. "It was a privilege to give a factory tour to Assistant Secretary Williams, who was visibly interested and impressed with our factory and people." He added, "It was a great day for Hall and Rhode Island. It’s clear Mr. Williams will return to Washington impressed and willing to put a high priority on the federal investment that Rhode Island has truly earned.”

State Rep. Kenneth Marshall, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Assistant Secretary Jay Williams, President Eric Hall, 
Governor Gina Raimondo, Congressman David Cicilline