Formula & Floattech partnership...

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Formula & Floattech partnership...

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The result is ‘F² Automated Furling’ and its first product is an in-boom and in-mast furling system with single-joystick control.


Formula Marine has announced a strategic partnership with Dutch electronics specialists Floattech. The venture will be called F² Advanced Sailing Technologies and the first product of that cooperation is a highly efficient in-boom and in-mast furling system; the really interesting aspect of this system is one-joystick operation from the cockpit or any convenient position around the yacht.
The system has been designed as a fully integrated package and includes the mast, boom, power pack, controls and industrial control system.
The first one has already been aboard a 46m (151ft) Perini Navi ketch. And it has undergone extensive testing and trials over the past six months. Her carbon booms were built at Formula's specialist carbon-spar facility in Montpellier, France, while the finishing and fitting of the automated furling system were handled by Formula’s headquarters in Holland..
“Floattech has a strong reputation for high quality design, programming and production of electronics, which it has built over many years in a variety of industries,” says Formula’s head of sales, Wim Mooiweer. “Our partnership as F² Advanced Sailing Technologies combines both companies’ expertise... Our new F² system is unique due to its fingertip management of the system via a single joystick. Furthermore using a carbon boom on the Perini yacht has allowed us to add the automated furling system without any addition to the weight compared to a standard aluminium boom... That means a huge improvement in sail management without any additional weight.”
The F² furling system allows variable speed control of the mainsail roll out. The control system controls both the mandrel and the captive winch with a constant variable combination of speed and torque values. Reefing can also be carried out easily and maintenance is minimal.

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