Our Designs, Our Style, Our Culture

Ingenuity and Innovation are characteristics New Zealanders (kiwis) are recognised for. C-Quip’s innovative culture continues to put us at the forefront of yacht design, working closely with the world’s leading naval architects and shipyards. These intricate and often customised designs stem from our highly experienced Design Team and our passionate founder, Paul Hackett. C-Quip’s design team is made up of a variety of ex-Formula One technicians and America’s Cup design engineers.

We are fortunate to be able to draw on the latest structural composite technologies from our close working relationship with Giovanni Belgrano of Pure Design & Engineering. Pure Design consults to Emirates Team New Zealand in structural design of their race yachts.

Mimicking the rapid product and prototyping methods used in these industries, C-Quips design team integrates modelling and simulation into the test and evaluation process to ensure early insight, reduce costs and shorten the acquisition cycle time for its products. The design team create 3D models and use finite element analysis to achieve these results.

We manufacture from aluminium, stainless steel and titanium but our core strengths are in laminating with carbon fibre together with our hydraulic control system capabilities. We use only the finest hydraulic components in all of our products. Carbon fibre truly is the material of the future and we proactively make the most of its lightweight, non-corrosive and shape-moulding properties to manufacture a line of products that are structurally efficient and durable whilst carrying designer curves and fashionable elegance.

Carrying similarities to the finest quality custom designed garments produced for ‘Haute Couture’, we like to think of this as our “Carbon Couture”.

Carbon Couture items are made to order for a specific customer, they are made from high-quality, expensive fabric and formed with extreme attention to detail and finish, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques…’

What is Carbon Fibre?

What is Carbon Fibre?

Carbon fibre (carbon fiber), is a material consisting of extremely thin fibres about 0.005–0.010 mm in diameter and composed mostly of carbon atoms. The carbon atoms are bonded together in microscopic crystals that are more or less aligned parallel to the long axis of the fibre. The crystal alignment makes the fibre very strong for its size.

Several thousand carbon fibres are laid together to form a tow, which may be used by itself or woven into a fabric. Carbon fibre fabrics have many different weave patterns and can be combined with resins and wound or moulded to form composite materials that provide a high strength-to-weight ratio material.

The density of carbon fibre is also considerably lower than the density of steel or aluminium, making it ideal for applications requiring low weight. The properties of carbon fibre such as high tensile strength, low weight and low thermal expansion make it very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, marine equipment and motorsports, along with other competition sports.

Carbon fibre is non-corrosive in marine environments.

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Our Design and Engineering Process

Our Manufacturing Workshop Process