rondalBy Robert Wielaard

Rondal BV says it has begun 2014 with “a flying start.” The Dutch maker of superyacht rigging and gear, booked two orders for rig packages. One is for a “complete rig package for a 43.5m Frers-designed performance sloop,” now being built by Royal Huisman. It features a 58m, four-spreader carbon fibre mast and furling boom.

The second, this one from Holland Jachtbouw, is for a rig package for a 46m Tripp Design world cruising sloop. It includes a four-spreader 62m carbon fibre mast that “just clears the Panama Canal’s Bridge of the Americas,” says Rondal spokeswoman Els Brandt and a custom-built carbon fibre furling boom. Both projects are due to be stepped in 2015.

Last year, Rondal extended its composite workshop enabling the Dutch maritime engineering company to produce outsized gear stretching up to 78 meters.