Working closely with Ace Marine Ltd Naval Architects we were very pleased to be involved in the design and manufacture of spars and rigging for this interesting project.
With the owners brief showing a desire for Columbus to achieve 4 knots boat speed in a steady beam wind of approx 15kts, a sail area requirement of 200 sq mtrs was proposed.
Columbus has been in the same ownership since 1984 and over that time she has had many modifications and alterations made to her accommodation and superstructure. In keeping with her immaculately maintained appearance we took the decision to maintain the spectacle above decks.
The spars are bespoke to this vessel and to maintain appearances we have equipped Columbus's Snow White painted Aluminum masts with Mirror Polished A Frame Spreaders and Mirror Polished Mast Tangs all in Stainless.
At night Columbus is tastefully lit in white light from aloft courtesy of 4 sets of spreader mounted down lighters. This has also helped to provide added light to the Fly bridge at night to assist with berthing.
The aft mast is equipped with a lifting boom for use in deploying a small clinker tender in to the water.
Her fore mast stands at just over 17.5 mtrs and the aft mast at 18.5mtrs above deck.
For furling the large genoa's aboard Columbus, we supplied and installed Facnor RMEJ series furlers.
These are remotely controlled.
ANTAL 65 Electric Winches were supplied to control the genoa sheeting and positioned on deck to align with Halyard routes.
Over the summer of 2010 work commenced on adding chain plates and deck reinforcement in readiness for the installation of our spars.
During the Southampton Boat show week 2010 our team traveled to Gibraltar to assemble and install Columbus's new spars and rigging. Working closely with the port management company we were able to step both masts in a single day. This allowed us to move Columbus to a cleaner and more comfortable berth in Marina Bay, Gibraltar to complete the termination of the standing rigging and installation of the Headsail Furling systems.
Returning to her berth in Banus, Columbus's proud owner received many pleasing comments and the odd double take from residents impressed by her new look.
Sailing in 15knts of Breeze on her first outing, Columbus sailed comfortably at over 5 knots. Only a small addition to her ballast had been made prior to the first sail and based upon her performance it is unlikely that she will require any extra.