New Zealand marine manufacturer Tru-Design Plastics Ltd, an specialist in manufacturing difficult-to-mould engineering polymers and the development of innovative marine components, has gained ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) H27 compliance for its range of through hull valve fittings.

Gaining the ABYC compliance allows Tru-Design to enter the North American market.

Tru-Design managing director Alan Maddox comments: “ABYC compliance enables our products to be freely sold in the North American market and complements our IMCI and Bureau Veritas certifications for through-hulls and sea cocks. We now export our marine fittings to over 40 countries world- wide, with a strong brand following in Europe and Australasia.”

Load Bearing Collars are the company’s latest released and now ABYC compliant. The range allow extreme loads to be spread evenly through vessel hulls increasing the existing International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) compliant 155kg load rating of the skin fitting to 226.7kg (500lb) for the entire skin fitting-ball valve-tail fitting assembly.

The ABYC H27 standard is a guide for the selection of materials, design, construction, and installation of seacocks, through-hull connections, drain plugs, and other fittings that penetrate the hull at or below the maximum heeled waterline and applies to all boats.

More recently, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society chose Tru-Design marine composite fittings for “Gunnel Larsson Class” rescue vessels. These vessels are designed to keep going in the most demanding rescue conditions from large seas to freezing temperatures.

“It is especially pleasing to see our products being used in the most extreme conditions of the Swedish archipelago. This is one more example where boatbuilders are turning to composite through hull fittings and ball valves as they are lighter, have no corrosion or electrolyse issues, withstand extreme temperatures and last the life time of the vessel.”

The company says boatbuilders using Tru-Design products include Hanse, Sunseeker, Princess, X Yachts, Cheoy Lee Shipyards, and Salona.