FIBRE Mechanics Management Team...

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Geoff Stock  -  managing director

I have spent almost 40 years working in and around high-tech composite boat yards and grand prix racing yachts, from the IOR boats of the late 1970s, through Whitbread, Volvo, America's Cup yachts and onto today's fast cruising catamarans and racing yachts fitted with ultra lightweight interiors and systems.  After several years on the shopfloor at Green Marine, I worked in SP Systems' technical office for 8 years in yards throughout Europe and the USA, until re-joining Green Marine in 1993.  There I was a project manager for 7 years, then in charge of R&D and contract management until 2010 when I was appointed Technical Director.  In the summer of 2016, I left Green Marine in order to form FIBRE Mechanics, a yacht building company 100% focussed on the construction of lightweight carbon yachts: composite structures, super-light interiors and smart systems installations... Read full version here

Adrian Gillitt - project management

I was brought up in the Canary Islands, surrounded by sailing boats and every water-based activity imaginable.  When the time came to stop playing on water, I came back to the UK to study Ship Science at the University of Southampton, specialising in design of yachts and small craft.  After securing a summer placement with Green Marine during my second year, I was offered a position as design engineer on graduation.  By way of numerous TP52s, Volvo racing boats, superyachts and mini-maxis, I worked my way up from junior Design Engineer to Engineering Manager and finally to Project Manager, my latest project being the Wally Cento Galateia.  On completion of Galateia, I left in November 2016 in order to help found Fibre Mechanics.  I bring with me vital experience of controlling the weight of a complex racing yacht, fully fitted with hydraulics, electrics and superyacht quality joinery... Read full version here

Eliot Thorne  -  design and engineering

Eliot specialises in design and engineering of performance yachts and has been a key member on the team of some of the finest supercats built and navigating the globe.  He sharpened his design pencil in South Africa, working on Leopard cruising cats and developing ways to efficiently streamline the production process, while keeping with the high quality that Leopard cats are known for.  From there he joined the HH Catamarans team out in China, and headed up the engineering department developing a range of high performance, luxury cruising cats.  In 2015 he relocated to the UK and began with Green Marine to lead the in-house design of an 86’ high end luxury cruising catamaran that was to be built to the highest specification. His experience and expertise in the world of lightweight high performance yachts is a fundamental aspect to the team at FIBRE Mechanics... Read full version here

Gary Vaughan  -  production and operations

With more than 30 years’ experience in building world class, award winning and record-breaking sailing yachts including record breaking IMOCA 60 - Hugo Boss, award winning WALLY Cento - Galateia, the MAXI 72 - Cannonball and the latest Fast 40+ - Girls on Film.

I have been involved with boats pretty much all my life. On leaving school I worked with my family’s marine business that operated workboats in the western Solent, l joined Green Marine in the summer of 1989 as a Boatbuilding trainee. I progressed to Boat Builder, Team Leader, Project Leader and then onto Production Manager responsible for the Lymington Factories, building yachts like TP52s, Volvo’s, Americas Cup and work boats such as the Trent and Severn class lifeboats for the RNLI.  

In 2010 my role expanded to include overall responsibility for finding, setting up and running the new factory in Hythe as well as the management responsibility of the entire operational side of the new yard, including Health & Safety, Quality Assurance and Human Resources.  I left Green Marine in early 2016 and eventually joined Geoff as a founding partner in FIBRE Mechanics.  Quality composite work depends on tight control processes.  I bring many years’ experience of managing the critical processes, which is key to building top class composite structures... Read full version here

James Day - technical consultant

In 2001 I gave up a perfectly sensible career as a City lawyer, to focus on my passion for yacht racing and design. Whilst gaining another first class degree – in naval architecture this time - I gained experience of each segment of the industry from laminating and sail-making through to design and brokerage.  It is this breadth of technical knowledge and a practical understanding of the industry that I have continued to build on and provides me with a unique perspective for plotting a project’s course to success – letting me bridge the gap between the traditional roles of builder and designer.   My career has let me design, engineer and manage custom and production IRC/ORC yachts, Class 40, Open 60, Volvo, Maxi racer-cruiser, multihull and even Olympic kayak designs – some of which have won international awards, some World Championships.  In 2014 I launched the gorgeous Irens 78 catamaran Allegra as project manager for Green Marine. In 2016 I moved to Ker Yacht Design to manage and design further carbon fibre yacht projects with one or more hulls.... Read full version here