Doyle Sails Qingdao has been partnering up with some of the best and most stable boat builders in Asia. When working with any OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) boat builder there has to be quality, value added ability and continued customer service, making Doyle Sails Qingdao a sought-after sailmaker for three major players such as Asia Catamarans, Seawind-Corsair and Kraken Yachts.
"We see our role to help them offer the best product they can to the market. Between, Asia Catamarans, Seawind-Corsair and Kraken Yachts we are lucky enough to work with three very focused boat builders," says John Hearne, Doyle Sails Qingdao loft owner.
After initial discussions with the boat builder, Doyle Sails Qingdao offer recommendations for base sails all the way through to Grand Prix race sails.
"Seawind-Corsair build both trimarans and catamarans so they have a very wide customer base. We have enjoyed working closely with their team to meet the needs of their customers and maintain their price points. Seawind-Corsair are very mindful of their customers which makes them a great company to work with. They also have long-term visions for their company which we are excited to be a part of," comments John Hearne.
"Asia Catamarans are geared more towards the performance multihull. We closely align to their boats spars and sail design to meet their objectives. This approach is something that has worked really well for us both; every Asia Cat has had great success."
"As an OEM boat builder, Seawind provides Doyle sails with all new-builds. We chose to work exclusively with Doyle as their sails are backed by excellent warranties and support. We are able to work closely with the loft to implement improvements and modification requests quickly, which are all value added services we and our customers greatly appreciate."
Shane Grover, Sales & Marketing Manager at Seawind-Corsair Catamarans
"Asia Catamarans based in Phuket, Thailand have been working with Doyle Sails Qingdao for more than 7 years now fitting complete Doyle sail packages to most of the new-build Stealth catamarans built in their facility.
Stealth cats are often delivered to their new owner as a ready to go racer cruiser with all carbon race sails and others are delivered as a live aboard cruiser that still has good performance.
The working relationship between the 2 companies is 2nd to none with great and honest advice coming from the Doyle team in regards of options on sail shapes, sail design and materials.
To have direct contact with the Doyle designer is a huge advantage for us. There are always many questions from us and answers from Doyle’s to make sure we get the right sail that fits the first time.
After fitting Doyles sails to 15 boats at the last count we have had zero failure in both the structure of the sail and the structure of the sail laminate plus great race results on the regatta circuit. That is hard to beat!"
Alan Carwardine, GM Asia Catamarans, Stealth Cats Designer
"We would most highly recommend the Doyle products out of the Qingdao loft to anyone who will listen.
We specifically chose Doyle as our sail suppliers when we had our Asia Catamaran’s 12m Stealth built for us here in Phuket. Since launching we have raced in our Club races and several formal regattas including The King’s Cup, The Bay Regatta, the Multihull Solutions race week and the Cape Panwa Phuket race week, all held here in Phuket Thailand. We also cruise the boat through local and international waters, so far down to Malaysia, with plans to head further afield in the next year. We are also planning on attending the Raja Mudra, and the Langkawi regattas later this year.
We have a full inventory of Doyle sails from the Qingdao facility which includes a Lightskin fully battened Main and battened roller headsail, a GPX racing headsail (also battened), a laminate screecher and both small (90 sm) and large (105 sm) spinnakers which have given us a good deal of success so far with top speeds of over 22 knots achieved on many occasions. The support and after sales service from the loft has been excellent and we have no hesitation in saying our future purchases of sales will be made through Doyle."
Glywn Rowlands, Asia Catamaran, Twister, Owner