Our team at Carbon Fibre Tubes (CFT) pride itself on developing innovative solutions to complex problems and love nothing more than working with like-minded teams. So, if it is innovation you’re after then look no further than REVERSO This company, based in France, have designed and built a fold away boat that is still able to perform at the highest level.
CFT and Reverso have been working together for the last few years and we have seen this fantastic product set develop with disruptive designs set to revolutionise the dinghy sailing market.
CFT have a strong heritage in the marine industry; the challenge here was meeting an exacting specification and producing a composite mast that was lightweight without compromising performance. The Reverso range is not just about developing a more convenient model for boat ownership but doing so whilst still being able to deliver high-performance sailing.
We design tubes using high tech materials that incorporate advanced epoxy resin matrices with extremely low moisture absorption properties which make our tubes ideal for marine applications. Our in-house design and manufacture processes identify areas of high impact or high stress, and we can add localised reinforcements or extra wraps of material such that additional load could be applied without having to increase the overall wall thickness, thereby maintaining the focus on weight saving.
Using this approach, to meet the Reverso requirement, CFT produced a range of sectional telescopic tubing with optimised strength in areas of high stress (where the mast leaves the deck) or high impact (at joints of where other components attach to the tube).
But don’t just take our word for it… have a look at this video showing how this amazing REVERSO lightweight boat performs!
In this case, Reverso required a specification optimised for weight-saving and performance, however, CFT can also advise on tube design with reduced material content which can provide cost reduction benefits too. It is also worth noting that as well as being able to manufacture tapered tubes, we can also make tapered tube wall thickness.