December 2018 - factory open day
Geoff Stock -
The experience I offer is the long view on materials, mould tools, build processes and the costs of lightweight custom yachts over the last 40 years, with hands-on experience of what works and what does not. My partners at FIBRE Mechanics include some of the best project managers, design engineers and production managers that I have come across in that time. Together our experience is both wide and deep, and as a group we are in a great position to make that experience count...
Adrian Gillitt -
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...
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...
Marcus Attridge -
process & production
I started sailing when I was 12 with my Father. From dinghys, keelboats, Cruising boats & racing yachts for years of inshore & offshore racing. I decided that I wanted to get into the industry at a young age, so I moved to the Isle of Wight to study boatbuilding & worked at a yard in Cowes on racing boats. Next onto a classic Swan 65 ketch which I took over as Skipper of when I was 20, after some cruising...
James Day -
In 2001 James gave up a perfectly sensible career as a City lawyer, to focus on his passion for yacht racing and design. At the same time as gaining a first class degree in naval architecture, he also gained practical experience of laminating, sail-making and marine design; now specialising in yacht racing systems. James was a founding Partner of FIBRE Mechanics and is now Senior Naval Architect at WightShipyard. His breadth of technical knowledge, combined with his detailed and analytical approach make him a very valuable consultant to FIBRE Mechanics.
Eliot Thorne - (Thorne Design Limited)
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...