[Milestones]

Consistency leads to success

From sails and masts to furling systems. From Olympic champions, Admirals Cup and Jules Verne Trophy winners, to the leading super yacht outfitter. From solo sailors to fully-automated cruising yachts. From yachts ranging from sizes small to XXL.

For more than 125 years Reckmann stands for industry-leading products & projects in the yacht & sailing business: analysing market developments, customer needs and forecasting future demands is our daily policy and our understanding for doing the next steps, focusing on our clients. This is by far more than enhancing existing products. It is the will to innovate wherever we see challenges of improving safety, comfort, design and function of our products.

1962

1962

The beginning

Horst Schuldt, master sail maker, managed the company from 1962. During this time the first aluminium masts for dinghies and boats for Olympic competitors were built and increasingly ranked as the sought-after standard

1964

1964

Dragon class

It was thanks to Horst Schuldt’s success as a dragon sailor in national and international regattas, that many decided to use Reckmann sails and masts for their own boats.

1972

1972

Relocation

Successfully pursuing mast building, including for the sail yacht (SY) ‘RUBIN’.

1975

1975

Admirals Cup

Reckmann masts successfully fitted on the Admirals Cup sail yachts 'DUVA', 'RUBIN', 'JAN POTT' and 'SAUDADE'.

1980

1980

Headsail furling systems

Production of the first mainsail and headsail furling systems, which quickly became established with quality shipyards like Nautor and Baltic.

1985

1985

Hydraulic Headsail Furling System

One of the worlds’s first systems in the market … which became very important for the industry.

1988

1988

RF90-5 Prototype

The RF90-5 prototype is installed on the A&R Yacht 'Extra Beat’ by the successful designer German Frers. The system represents today’s standard on most of the super yachts.

1989

1989

RF90 introduced into the market

The hydraulic RF90 headsail furling system launched into the market in four sizes.

1992

1992

Introduction of RS2000

The successful RS2000 launched into the market: Setting a new standard for manual furling systems

1999

1999

Megayacht-Furler

With the RF90-7 the age of the very big superyachts began for Reckmann in the furler business. The RF 90-7 was the beginning of large-size furling technologies, which lead to the boom in the mega sailing yacht business.

2000

2000

RF90-7 installed three times on the SY 'Georgia’

2004

2004

New development of the successful RF90-6.5

In use today on many super yachts such as SYs 'TIARA', 'KOKOMO', 'RED DRAGON' and 'PINK GIN’.

2006

2006

New development of the below deck furling systems

New development of the below deck furling system UDx for performance-oriented yachts.

2008

2008

Stick-slip free deck bearing fitting

The world’s first ball beard stick-slip-free deck bearing fitting is especially developed for below deck furler constructions and prevents a strong bending moment at tacking. Also comfort and safety is enhanced towards classic constructions. Also today (January 2018) this innovation is leading in the world …

2009

2009

Stay Sail Furler

This invention of a combined stay tensioning cylinder and a furling unit as a sleek, compact unit was revolutionary. And it is still today one of the “hidden inventions by Reckmann”, which is been imitated by competitors.

2010

2010

Floating Tack Arrangement

The innovative floating tack arrangement developed by Reckmann offers the advantage of fine adjusting the luff tension also under use of a hooked-halyard system. The whole system prevents mast compression, which lead to higher stability, more control und efficient power.

2010

2010

Mega furler RF90-7.5

Was ready early in 2010. The newly developed RF90-7.5 was installed in ‘Kokomo’, 'Aglaia' and 'Vertigo'. During the first sea trials the new features e.g. luff cunningham swivel and real time adjuster, proved their worth. Further development of the RF90-7.5 was necessary as the demands on functionality and cost increased with modern 60m performance cruisers. Result: Nominated for the Super Yacht award.

2012

2012

120 years for Reckmann

Reckmann celebrates 120 successful years.

2013

2013

Takeover of Holmatro Rigging Hydraulics

Reckmann takes over rigging components from Holmatro to extend its portfolio with hydraulic cylinders, pumps and powerpacks.

2014

2014

Takeover of NSM

Reckmann’s product portfolio for electric and hydraulic drives for furling booms extended with the takeover of the Dutch company NSM.

2015

2015

Takeover of Sailtec Custom Projects

This take over made it possible for Reckmann to break into the fascinating sun-shade systems market.

2015

2015

The RF90-8.5 is Reckmann’s largest head-sail furling system and our newest milestone. With probably the largest torque in the market, a completely new developed, redundant engine concept, it started successful in the market of 60m+ yachts. The self-locking, the integrated hydraulic valve technologies and the bending free toggle are further highlights of this innovative new furling system.

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