Hyde Sails, a UK-based sail manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its dealer network in the US and Canada.
Headquartered in Southampton, Hyde Sails has 50 years of heritage as a racing sailboat sailmakers. In the last 15 years the company has expanded into cruising sailboats.
Hyde Sails has been manufacturing its product line from a site in the Philippines for the last 15 years. The loft is run by ex-pat UK sail-makers and has 230 locally based staff employed on a loft floor of 6,000sq m. UK-based sales, technical and in house design staff, support the production facility.
“Hyde Sails is looking for dealers in New England, Carolina’s, Great Lakes, Pacific North West, British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia. New dealers do not have to be existing sail makers,” says the company in a statement.
Luke Yeates, who manages dealers in the US, comments: ‘I have found that some of our best dealers have been riggers and technical retailers.