AG+ Spars opens carbon-mast production facility

Autoclave AG+ NEVO © Nadege Rousseau and AG+ Spars

Mast manufacturer AG+ Spars has opened a new facility to construct carbon masts for mono and multihull sailboats.

Acquired in 2002 by brothers Laurent and Jean-François Nevo, both accomplished sailors, the company has been based in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Prée, near Rochefort in France since 2011.

AG+ Spars offers a range of products covering mast supply for sailboats ranging from the 420 dinghy to the 38-foot monohull.

With their background as sailors and especially as competitive sailors, the Nevos have chosen to focus the company’s production on performance. Building on this expertise and experience, the owners say, it was logical to continue the company’s development by launching a range of carbon masts. This material has become essential in offshore racing in recent years.

Laurent and Jean-Francois NEVO © Nadege Rousseau and AG+ Spars
Laurent and Jean-Francois Nevo. Image courtesy of Nadege Rousseau and AG+ Spars.

“After several months of work to implement this project, we opened a new 2,000-metre-square production unit in Rochefort in early September,” says Jean François, manager of AG+ Spars. “The new site is entirely dedicated to the production of carbon masts.

“To support us in composite work, we have enlisted Alain Boucher, one of the leading specialists in the field for the past 40 years, who has experience at Espace Composites, Lorima and Axxon. We have invested in a 25-metre autoclave, ensuring excellent composite quality. Our goal is to provide masts for monohull and multihull sailboats ranging from 15 to 60 feet.”

Main image: Autoclave at AG+ Spars. Image courtesy of Nadege Rousseau and AG+ Spars.

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