Allen renewed as official hardware supplier to the Swedish Sailing Team.

The Swedish Sailing Team has confirmed they have chosen Allen as their official hardware supplier for another year. The partnership between Allen and the Swedish team was officially announced at the 2020 RYA Dinghy Show and this extension of the supplier status will further enhance the relationship between the elite athletes and the performance hardware manufacturing company. 

Allen manufacture many of the specialised parts for the one-design classes that will be used in the sailing events in Tokyo. The Swedish sailing team boasts an impressive 35 sailing medals with 4 teams selected to represent the Swedish Sailing Team in the Finn, 470 men, ILCA Standard and ILCA Radial classes in Tokyo. So, it comes as no surprise that the Swedish team chose Allen as its hardware of choice before the games. 

Managing Director of Allen, Liz Adams, commented proudly “We are delighted that the Swedish Sailing Team has extended its partnership with us as their official hardware supplier. By working closely with the elite athletes in the team we are able to further develop our products and ensure that their sailors get the best possible performance hardware to help them win a gold medal!”

Thomas Hansson-Mild of the Swedish Sailing Team stated “It is great to work with Allen and benefit from the 60 years of competitive sailing heritage that they bring to the table. We too have a proud heritage. We won our most recent Olympic medals in London 2012 when Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen won the gold in the Star and Rasmus Myrgren a bronze in the Laser. We aim for more medals in Tokyo and the cooperation with Allen will greatly improve our chances.”

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Our Biggest Block Yet

Around the world, we are known as a company that produces small boat hardware, but this isn’t strictly true. 

Let us introduce to you to “The Big Boy” just one example of what we can do for bigger boats.

This new 150mm block has been designed to fit on the end of an 8-meter hydraulic ram and will be under loads of around 27 tonnes. The Big Boy weighs 5kg and has a plain bearing sheave with ball bearings to cater for side loads. 

Here at Allen, we are much more than just marine hardware specialists. We are engineering experts who work with a wide variety of companies in different sectors, such as; medical equipment, automotive parts, window manufacturing, public and defence sector, theatre, advertising, aviation and much more.

We can work with such a wide variety of clients due to our multiplicity of in-house resources. Which includes our close-knit team of engineers and designers who can work to deliver premium solutions for custom or mass-production jobs. Allen is also an ISO9001 accredited business, which means we are capable of mass manufacturing high-quality products as well as ensuring a high level of craftsmanship is carried out for custom items. 

“The marine sector, from small leisure boatbuilders to large commercial marine engineers all now face the same issue when outsourcing. We are all in the same boat,” explains Liz Adams, Managing Director of Allen. “Sourcing from anywhere outside the UK now carries a higher level of risk to business continuity than it has in the past. Sourcing from multiple suppliers carries the risk they are buying in materials from abroad. The only way to de-risk is to use UK suppliers who, in turn, source from UK suppliers. If you want to see how it should be done, we have produced a video showing how one of our blocks, the A2060Tii, has been designed and manufactured entirely using services we have in-house.

As a British family-owned business, we ensure 100% of our products are designed, manufactured and assembled in-house at our factory in Essex. All our materials, where possible, are sourced from within the UK. We also guarantee a competitive and fair price for any job we undertake.

If you have any custom requirements, big or small, marine or non-marine, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how Allen can solve your problems.

Jon Sturmer Joins Allen

UK performance hardware manufacturer, Allen Brothers (fittings) Ltd, has appointed Jon Sturmer as Business Development Manager.

Jon Sturmer has had an extensive career in the marine industry and has previously worked for Dolphin Sails as the Sales Manager. Taking on the new role at Allen from the start of 2021, Jon will be based at the Allen headquarters in Essex and will be driving the business development and sales in the international marketplace.

“I’m excited to be joining a company that supplies great British designed and manufactured parts to everyone from weekend boaters through to Olympic sailors. Having used Allen products on my own boats and professionally at past jobs, I already knew Allen made great products. It is also important to me that Allen is looking to increase its environmental responsibilities by utilising recycled products as used on the 20 & 30mm plain bearing block ranges. And I am really looking forward to working with Liz and such a knowledgeable team who are passionate about sailing and boats.” commented Jon Sturmer.

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Joey Taylor 2020 Sailing Highlights

In late 2019 I moved from helming 420s to crewing and teamed up with Kuba Staite as my helm.  After only a couple of weekends training together we went to our first 420 event, the Christmas Race in Palamos. The event was 4 days long with 3 days of training beforehand. Palamos is an awesome venue and it was a great experience having 4 solid days training and then being able to test ourselves against other crews from other countries.  Having 8 solid days sailing and racing was a great start to our sailing partnership

After Christmas, we were straight back into training and preparing for the Spring championships in March. After lots of training and getting used to each other in the boat we arrived at Rutland with high hopes. We had two good days in light to medium conditions and managed to finish in 8th out of 30 boats. Unfortunately, this was the last time we were able to sail together until the summer as we were put into lockdown the week after.

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New Injection Moulding Machine Investment

Allen, the UK marine engineering company, has recently invested in a new injection moulding machine that will be added to its in-house production facilities. 

 

The British company has had installed the top of the range injection moulding machine from BOY, the 100 E. Some of its features include a larger distance between tie bars (430 x 360 mm), a platen opening stroke of 725 mm, with optional 900 mm and a clamping force of 1000 kN. The most important of these features is the clamping force. The higher the force the more it allows for larger products with thinner material to be produced.  

 

This new injection moulding machine will be used to manufacture some of Allen’s most popular products including hatch covers, aerovanes and centreboard slots, to name a few. 

 

This new machine follows on from other investments the marine engineering company has also made over the rollercoaster year that has been 2020. It’s not too long ago the company announced its purchase of a new 3D printing machine to help with rapid prototyping. 

 

Allen is based in Essex, UK, and has been one of the leading sailboat hardware manufacturers for over 60 years. The company prides itself with being more than just a marine specialist but engineering experts. To find out more about some of the in-house recourse available at Allen and some of the custom projects they undertake visit the Allen website – https://www.allenbrothers.co.uk/about-us/allen-in-house-resources/ 

 

Choosing the correct Cam Cleat.

Cam Cleats are available in different materials, sizes and have a wide range of accessories to suit many different applications, so it can be daunting to know which type or accessory is needed to suit specific cleating needs. Here you will find all the information required to make the right choice – all from the designers of the original aluminium cam cleat!

First, a bit of history behind the Allen Cam Cleat – The Allen Brothers, Tony and Glenn, were the inventors of the original aluminium cam cleat. They developed the idea whilst building a Hornet “JACK-O-LEAN” number 205. The brothers had started off using Tufnell cam cleats but decided they were not good enough. The Tufnell cam cleat gripped well when they were new but would make releasing the rope difficult. Once they had worn-in, just a few sailing sessions later, they would slip and be useless.

After many months of researching, designing and prototyping Tony Allen had built a machine in which he could pressure die-cast what is now known as the A..76 – Aluminium Ball Bearing Cam Cleat – although the first design did not include ball bearings. Tony and Glenn then went onto sell their version of the cam cleat for 5 shillings each.

Today Allen has two main styles of cam cleats available; Aluminium Ball Bearing or Allenite Plain Bearing. Allen cam cleats are suitable for any rope up to 10 mm diameter and have a maximum working load of 150kg. This makes them suitable for both small dinghies and yachts.

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New Racing Rules of Sailing Poster

Performance sailboat hardware manufacturer, Allen, is pleased to release the 2021 – 2024 racing rules of sailing poster. 

 

The marketing team at Allen has been working closely with Henk Plaatje for many years to develop the racing rules of sailing poster. Once each edition is ready, Allen kindly makes it available to the public to hang in sailing clubs around the World. This year is no different, the poster can easily be downloaded via the Allen website or a hardcopy can be ordered directly to your sailing club. 

 

Just visit the Allen website in the following link to get your free copy.

 

Racing Rules of Sailing 2021 – 2024 

 

Also available to download via the Allen website is the Allen catalogue which shows the extensive range of marine hardware products, all of which are manufactured in Essex in the UK from the Allen factory. If you would like to find out more about Allen get in touch with their friendly sales team – Sales@allenbrothers.co.uk – +441621 774689 

Trapeze Ring A4261 Review

Team Allen 49er sailor, Daniel Budden, reviews the A4261 trapeze ring. The A4261 features double rows of ball bearings and a strong stainless steel loop designed to give you an easily adjustable and reliable trapeze ring that can be used on all types of trapeze sailboats. 

NEW Inboard End Batten Adjuster

UK sailboat hardware manufacturer, Allen, is pleased to announce an addition to its extensive range of sailmakers products. The A.951-10 – Batten Adjuster.

The new inboard end batten adjuster has been developed alongside one of the world’s leading sailmakers. It has been designed to help sail manufactures streamline their sail designs by moving the batten tensioning hardware to the luff of the mainsail, up by the mast where the wind is already turbulent. This allows the sailmaker to reduce drag and improve the aerodynamics of the trailing edge of the sail.

The new batten adjuster from Allen will take a 10mm wide batten and has an adjustment range of 10mm with calibration marks to help gather regular sail settings. It can be easily fixed to a sail using the four nuts and bolts provided, and once attached gives a low-profile streamline finish.  

Made from glass-filled nylon and weighing only 33 grams the A.951-10 is a simple yet effective performance-enhancing product for any sailmaker. Check out the video below to see a hands-on video or get in touch with the Allen sales team for more information – Sales@allenbrothers.co.uk

 

60mm Dynamic Block | DETAILS AND FEATURES

We would usually be welcoming hundreds of people onto our stand at METS over the next few days to discuss new and existing products.

Unfortunately, METS cant go ahead this year. So instead we will be releasing a few short product videos to help keep you informed on Allen products.

In this video, you can find out more details about our 60mm Dynamic Block Range.

“60mm Dynamic Blocks feature our patented Dynamic bearing technology, which comprises of high-quality stainless steel ball bearings running on stainless steel rails. This provides unsurpassed performance under load. The large central hole is for tie-on becket requirements but also give this block range a distinctive style and significant weight reduction.”

More details on the 60mm range click here

Please get in touch if you have any further questions – Sales@allenbrothers.co.uk