Diverse Yachts and C-Designs merge into Diverse Performance Systems
A new global force in the high-performance yacht racing and superyacht industry
Two renowned British marine technology companies – Diverse Yachts and C-Designs – are to merge to form a new powerhouse organisation aimed at better serving the global high-performance yacht racing and superyacht industry.
Diverse Yachts is a leading supplier of custom marine electronics, technical hardware, and load cells, while C-Designs is known for its expertise around the design, manufacture and integration of yacht hydraulics, electrics, and mechanical and electronic control systems.
The two specialist companies have been working closely together for several years at the cutting edge of yacht racing technology.
They have a shared history of delivering innovative, free-thinking solutions to their collective client base which includes America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and IMOCA 60 teams, as well as many other grand prix racing, superyacht and high-performance cruising projects.
Now the natural progression of this collaborative joint approach is to join together as a single company under the new name: Diverse Performance Systems – a move which brings benefits of scale and will enable more intensive utilisation of R&D, manufacturing, as well as administration and management.
C-Designs’ significant investments in CNC machining capability and state of the art CAD/CAM software will provide the new company with a complete in-house manufacturing service, assuring production quality and providing timely delivery and greater flexibility to prototype development projects.
C-Designs owner and founder Nick McGarry will lead the new company as managing director, while Graham Lewis of C-Designs will become technical director.
“The merger means our clients will be able to take advantage of a one stop shop for the design, installation and optimisation of all on-board systems,” McGarry said. “The two companies have worked closely in the past but now we can provide our clients with a single point of contact for sales, design, project management and ongoing support.”
“The combined staff’s broad range of technical expertise will be backed up with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility utilising the latest in CAD CAM software guaranteeing excellent quality control and efficient lead times.
“Diverse Performance Systems can now provide owners and builders with fully-integrated systems packages which combine all the yacht’s control, monitoring and sailing instruments into efficient centralised systems.”
As part of the merger which will take place during November Diverse Yachts director and co-founder Lou Varney will step back from the day to day running of the business after over 30 years at the helm.
Instead Varney – a renowned yachtsman and a past America’s Cup winner – will take on a consultancy role to support the new company by utilising his vast wealth of knowledge, experience and industry relationships.
Additionally, Varney will continue to lead specialist composite manufacturer Tropical Engineering – a company which will maintain a close working relationship with Diverse Performance Systems.
Meanwhile Diverse Yachts executive directors and world-renowned professional racing sailors Will Best and Simon Fisher will continue in their roles as ambassadors for Diverse Performance Systems, developing new contacts and providing direct feedback from the cutting edge of the sport.
Diverse Performance Systems primary location will be in the United Kingdom at Hamble-le-Rice on the banks of Southampton Water.
About Diverse Yachts
Since its inception in 1982 Diverse Yachts has been at the forefront of yacht racing technology. While the creation of custom masts for racing yachts was the focus in the early years the company evolved to become specialist in electronics, hardware and load sensing systems for high-performance race boats and superyachts.
Founded in 1999 C-Designs specialises in the design and manufacture of performance yacht hydraulic, electrical power and control solutions. The company’s experienced team of designers and engineers are a leading force within the race and superyacht industry and their skills and experience in hydraulic, electrical and mechanical engineering have placed the company at the forefront of some of the most pioneering and performance-orientated yacht designs and build projects.
About Diverse Performance Systems
Formed from the merger of renowned British marine technology companies Diverse Yachts and C-Designs, Diverse Performance Systems provides of a one stop shop for the sales, design, project management and ongoing support to global clients in the high-performance yacht racing and superyacht industry.
The company’s CNC machining capability and state of the art CAD/CAM software will provide the new company with a complete in-house manufacturing service, assuring production quality and providing timely delivery and greater flexibility to prototype development projects.
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