Sail Shape takes over Quay Sails

The Sail Shape/Quay Sails team Photo: Sail Shape The Sail Shape/Quay Sails team Photo: Sail Shape
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Cornwall-based Sail Shape has taken over Quay Sails in Poole.

The company has also retained its original lofts at Fowey and Poole and now employs 15 staff - increasing from just three ten years ago - specialising in in-house CNC cutting, sail design, valeting, sail making and cover making.

Sail Shape is owned by MD Alan Harris-Guerrero and his wife, Emelie. Alan's sail making career began as an apprentice for Mitchell Sails in 2004 which he then bought in 2011, setting up Sail Shape. The company started a full rigging service replacing masts, booms, furling systems and running and standing rigging.

Doubled in size

Sail Shape doubled in size in three years and by 2014 Alan was successfully CAD designing sails using Smar Azure techniques. In 2016 the company expanded from its small 1000 sq ft loft in Fowey to a 5,000 sq ft purpose-laid out production loft in Lostwithiel.

In 2017 Sail Shape bought an 8m Blackman and White Orion 2100 CNC cutting machine and in late 2017 the company invested in the Prodim Proline tool for digitising flat templates and patterning boats for covers which allowed the use of full CAD design covers minimising on waste and labour time.

Quay Sails was previously owned by Rod and Carol Brown who had been in the business for 50 years.

Quay Sails' customers include Pendennis Ship yard, Cockwells tenders and offshore yachts including an IMOCA 60 whose owner plans to compete in the 2020 Vendee Globe yacht race.

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