Halmatic Celebrates 50 Years

Wednesday, May 22, 2002
A meeting on the Isle of Wight between Halmatic’s founder Patrick de Laszlo and famous boat designer Uffa Fox led to the manufacture in 1952 of Europe’s first fibreglass boat – a Flying Twenty moulded in a combination of Crystic 189 polyester resin with matted glass fibres which de Laszlo named Deborine after his wife Deborah. This small start developed into a large-scale business as Halmatic were commissioned to mould large numbers of craft by Camper & Nicholson’s, Moody’s and other leading builders of that era. As well as moulding for others Halmatic introduced its own range of commercial and military craft which were supplied either as “ part-assemblies “ for other yards to complete or were fitted-out by Halmatic for its own customers. This tradition continues. Halmatic has become established as one of the world’s leading builders of fully fitted work boats, patrol craft and paramilitary vessels but also actively promotes the “ part-assembly “ versions of these same designs to other yards. Interestingly Halmatic frequently finds itself in competition against other yards bidding on one of its own hulls! Halmatic is also a sub-contract marine moulder and moulds for many of today’s leading names. Below are some examples of recent deliveries and on-going projects: A Nelson 48/50 pilot boat part-assembly supplied to a Portuguese yard for completion for Lisbon pilots A Nelson 40 pilot boat part-assembly supplied to a Spanish yard for completion for Las Palmas pilots 20 Nelson 44 hulls ( 9 delivered so far ) being supplied to an Italian yard for completion for the Italian Coastguard. A Nelson 35 pilot boat part-assembly delivered to a French yard for completion for Pasages pilots. Nelson 42 Mk II and Talisman 49 motoryacht part-assemblies to Buckler’s Hard Boatbuilders Nelson 42 Mk II motoryacht part-assemblies to the Bridgend Boat Company Nelson 35 and Talisman 49 motoryacht part-assemblies to Seaward Marine. Subcontract moulding contracts include the provision of the mouldings for Sunseeker’s 105 Yacht, Linssen’s DS 45 and the Trintella 47 yacht.

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