Small-Scale Advanced Composite Prototyping
Most rowers don’t realize how much research goes into building fast racing shells. Pocock has been innovating and developing fast boats for 100 years, and as we made the transition from wood to advanced composites, our R&D efforts exploded. To this day, we have a full R&D staff and lab focused on developing and testing new materials and construction methods to make our shells faster.
This expertise uniquely positions Pocock as an R&D resource to much larger companies. Our highly sophisticated and experienced design team can create anything from specialized laminates able to withstand extreme cold weather, to aerodynamic enhancements for commercial jet aircraft.
The world’s largest aerospace company called on Pocock to help with prototype fabrication of full size and fully functional winglets for improved efficiency in commercial jets. Look out the window the next time you’re on a commercial jet and you’ll probably see these wing tips in action.
Famed New Zealand explorer Helen Thayer commissioned Pocock to build her sleds. “The sleds exceeded our expectations! They pulled well and held up under the worst Arctic ice conditions in 12 years… The design and workmanship is the best we have seen anywhere,” said Thayer.
Pocock has worked with individual boat designers and racers to build custom sail boats. With a cad-drawing in hand, customers can have their vision become a reality thanks to Pocock’s ability to scale to single-unit manufacturing.