The brand new revolutionary EVODOCK mooring line from Gottifredi Maffioli is now available from RSB Rigging. So what makes this line such a cut above the rest for the super yacht market? RSB spoke with Luigi Maffioli, who drew on his vast wealth of knowledge in rope design and manufacturing to create this game changing rigging…
‘’EVODOCK, is a product we strongly believe in and represents probably the most radically innovative product in our portfolio.
This product has been in the pipeline for roughly 20 months. My inspiration for this line came from the Monaco Yacht Show: I was walking along the docks one day and it occurred to me that relatively little attention was put into the quality, maintenance, and aesthetics of most of the mooring lines that secured such amazing, valuable yachts to the docks. That was the moment I realised there was a huge opportunity here for the relevant innovation and so was born the challenge for our team; to create lighter, safer, more durable and elegant mooring lines that could redefine the standard for super yacht mooring. We wanted to create a line which would make the life of yacht crew easier, that would be stronger and tougher but still aesthetically flawless.
After nearly a year of development, leveraging our long-term experience in custom line manufacturing and unique braiding machinery, our mission was complete. We were ready to go back to Monaco Yacht Show 2017 presenting the brand new EVODOCK. The line was showcased during the world premiere onboard the stunning Baltic 175 Pink Gin. The product immediately drew a lot of attention due to its unique, seamlessly tapered construction that makes it so much lighter, easier to handle and less bulky than any other mooring line. However, the most relevant feedback came after months of line usage. What became apparent was the great durability of the line and its remarkable capacity to absorb shock loading: the main function of a good mooring line.
The idea behind the EVODOCK is fairly simple: combining the stretch of a polyamide mooring line with the light weight of a Dyneema line. However turning this idea into practice was not really easy. While Dyneema is strong and light it is also very low stretch, this in turn means the lines would be subject to high shock loading as the boat moves in a surge. We therefore had to introduce a section of the line (the stretcher) that could be capable of absorbing such shocks while allowing enough elongation for the boat to move. Making the stretcher as a separate element was not an option for us as this would have been impractical to use and not very appealing in terms of looks. We therefore had to fabricate a rather complex but very neat manufacturing technique to seamlessly transition from the thicker, stretcher in the outboard end of the line (featuring a high tenacity polyamide core and a robust polyester/Dyneema cover) to the thinner and lightweight Dyneema cored, Polyester covered inboard tail, which is what yacht crew will love to handle.’’
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