Retrofit carbon rigging
At METS Navtec has launched their latest Thermo Fused Carbon Rigging. Fabricated from an advanced, flexible, high-modulus carbon composite material with a thermoplastic base, Navtec TFC allows new options and enhancements that are currently unavailable with other rigid and flexible, thermo-set, carbon-fibre, composite rigging products. A high-strength termination process requires no addition of epoxy or other adhesive materials permitting the use of smaller fittings to minimise weight and optimise shape to reduce windage.
TFC shrouds are fabricated using a unique process allowing terminations to be formed using 100% carbon fibre composite material. The same high modulus thermoplastic carbon fibre composite material that forms the structural rigging mid-span is moulded and fused into a configuration that physically interlocks into the titanium end fittings. This high strength termination requires no addition of epoxy or other adhesive materials permitting the use of smaller fitting to minimise weight and optimise shape to reduce windage.
Navtec TF can be used with existing rod rigging deck, mast, and spreader interfaces, making conversion from rod rigging easy. Equipment upgrades using titanium fittings can further optimise the existing rigging package. Weighing one-third of the weight of equivalent rod rigging, Navtec TFC offers an extended life span and increased durability.