Custom Composites customer Ian Jones using a composite tiller and extension.
Custom Composites customer Ian Jones using a composite tiller and extension.

Custom Composites, Rochdale, UK, specialises in glass fibre composite and carbon fibre composite tubes and supplies lightweight, durable products for the sailing community. In 2008, Gold medal winners for Team GB in Finn, Laser and Star classes all sailed with carbon fibre tiller extensions and tillers made by Custom Composites.

“Although our carbon fibre tubes have been used in steering equipment by many of the 'top end' international and club dinghy racers for years now, we’re often asked to make high performance ultra-light 'specials,” says James Saunders, operations manager at Custom Composites.

Custom Composites’ glass fibre and carbon fibre tubes are also used as Formula 1 motor racing refuelling booms and in competition gymnastic equipment.

“Developments in technology within the last decade means that customers are requesting more and more products made from carbon fibre as it’s lightweight, durable and aesthetically pleasing,” notes Saunders.

“Custom Composites has the technology to visualise, design and manufacture 3-D structures in carbon and glass fibre, which makes a tangible difference to the performance and longevity of the final product.”

Custom Composites is part of the Attwater Group.