Rachael Tapp, Founder and Managing Director started SmartSail Systems to develop unique wireless devices and systems able to acquire and analyse valuable data for boat owners. Spinlock has acquired exclusive global rights to manufacture, market and sell these products and will be working with SmartSail to develop a broad range of data-driven solutions.
Joining Spinlock’s existing Sense range of data and analysis tools, Sail-Sense is the first product in this partnership and will be launched this Autumn at the METS Equipment Trade Show ready for Spring 2019.
Commenting on the investment, Dan Primrose, SmartSail Co-Director said, “Spinlock has a global reputation and we are excited to be introducing new products across all their channels and sectors.”
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Spinlock is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative lifejackets, PFDs and accompanying equipment for commercial maritime professionals.
Spinlock’s head office and production sites have been based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight since 1976. It exports to over 25 countries and is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016 and Official Technical Supplier of Personal Protective Equipment to the INEOS Team UK Americas Cup Team and Volvo Ocean Race. Spinlock has won many awards for its design and innovation, including overall winner of the International Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) DAME Award 2015 for product Lume-On (illuminates inflated lifejackets to increase visibility and aid location).