New developments from Rutgerson
Rutgerson has completed its range of batten receptacles, allowing users to tension or change the batten in the sail without unscrewing the product. This last size – 1597, for yachts from 42 to 52ft - means the company can now provide them for yachts from 20ft to 70ft.
“We’ve been developing products that are user friendly, they’re less hassle to use and very easy to open,” explained company head Charlotte Rutgerson.
Another new product from Rutgerson is its ROC Block 100 that has a roller bearing system together with aluminium sides and aluminium sheave.
“The advantage with rollers instead of ball bearings is that the force is spread over a larger area which means that the bearing will not deform during high loads,” said Ms Rutgerson.
The first block has a 100mm sheave with further sizes due to follow.
And Ms Rutgerson explained that the company is continually working to develop new products with a particular demand for larger fittings and products to match the boats getting bigger.
However, she explained that one problem the company is continually up against is competitors copying their ideas.
“As a small company we can’t do anything about it, it’s something we’re always fighting with is our everyday life,” she said. “It’s difficult to protect innovations especially as worldwide patent cost so much.
“We have a year when we’re alone with the product and then see versions of our innovation cropping up. It’s easier to copy someone rather than innovate which costs a lot of investment and time.
“We only have a small window when we’re alone with a specific innovation or solution.”
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