Thursday, October 06, 2011
Flew Sails in Portsmouth is the latest loft to join the Hyde Sails network in the UK…
Hyde has announced the latest addition to its local dealership network, Mark Flew’s Flew Sails, based in Portsmouth Harbour.
Mark Flew set up Flew Sails in 1988 and the company has built up a reputation for excellent service. Mark’s interest in sailmaking came from his love of dinghy sailing. On leaving school he joined a world class sailmaker and rapidly learnt his trade, fortunate as he was to join at a time when there were rapid developments in new techniques and materials. Building his experience in a wide range of sailmaking, from yachts to dinghies and repairs, he rose to the position of service manager before deciding to branch out on his own.
Offering new sails, repairs and cover-making, as well as offering a rigging service, Flew Sails has done a lot of repair work for Sunsail over the years and as Hyde was supplying Sunsail’s sails, this was where the association began. ‘Because of our involvement, we have seen the sails close-up over a number of years and we have been impressed with the standard of the Hyde finishing and the Hyde brand in general,’ explains Mark.
On taking on the dealership Mark outlined what an excellent match Hyde was. ‘I thought it would mesh together very nicely, an international brand mixed with a local sailmaker.’ He added: ‘Some customers still like their sails made on the loft floor here, others would prefer a sail made abroad. We can offer them both options as well as offering them the best local service. The important thing is, whether their sail is made here or abroad, by doing it through a local sailmaker all the details are checked for the customer. The boat is measured professionally and we are on hand to offer advice and service throughout the sail’s life.’
The appointment is all part of the growth of Hyde’s local network in the UK. For more details on Hyde’s network see www.hydesails.com or to find out more about Hyde Sails in Portsmouth Harbour contact:
+44 (0)1329 822 676
Unit 12, Wicormarine, Cranleigh Road Portchester PO16 9DR