Cyclops is the leading global supplier of smart fittings, providing accurate measurement of the loads in yacht rigs. From America’s Cup yachts to sport boats, sailors rely on our smart fittings to help them get the best performance from their yachts, and protect their rigs from overload.
Based in Cambridge UK, our smart fittings integrate innovative design and proven technologies to give sailors accurate, repeatable load data. Compact and lightweight, smart fittings are simple to install and use.

Performance

Loads in the standing rigging directly control the shape of the mast, headstays and furler cables, affecting the shapes of mainsails, headsails and free-flying sails. For example, headstay load controls headstay sag, which determines the aerofoil section of jibs and genoas – adjusting the load through the backstay can give you the best sail shape for different wind conditions.

Smart fittings measure these loads accurately, allowing you to find your fast settings, and repeat them time after time to get consistently better performance.

Rig Protection

Grand Prix yachts and superyachts operate under high rig loads. It is important to control these loads in real time to ensure the rig is properly supported and not overloaded, and to monitor the loads over time to avoid wear and fatigue and ensure appropriate maintenance.

Smart fittings can automate load management, instantly controlling winch and hydraulic systems to reduce overload before damage occurs. For example, smart management of vang and mainsheet loads can avoid damage to the boom.

Products

Smartune fittings: designed to meet the performance requirements of race yachts of all sizes, our off the shelf Smartune fittings come in a comprehensive range of standard rigging sizes

Custom fittings: designed to meet the specific requirements of individual Grand Prix and superyachts, we develop custom smart fittings from a clean sheet of paper, or we may be able to add ‘the smarts’ to existing fittings

Smart load management systems: tailored to your individual needs, we customise the software in our standard system to turn our smart fittings into automatic overload management systems

Integrated Rig Performance and Protection systems: working with Future Fibres we have developed smart versions of their Nanolite and Aerolite fittings, along with a powerful digital hub which records data continuously. The data can be uploaded to the cloud, where we provide analytic services for personalised management of performance, protection and maintenance

The Key Advantages of Smart Fittings

Accurate trusted data:

  • Cyclops fittings are calibrated against certified standards before they leave the factory: no need for on-board calibration
  • Cyclops fittings measure load directly in the load path, not indirectly via a loadpin: no errors in load data from pin misalignment

Ease of installation:

  • Many Cyclops fittings can be supplied with a wireless interface: no cables to run through the deck
  • Cyclops fittings screw directly into existing standing rigging: quick simple installation
  • Cyclops fittings output standard digital data directly to smartphones and instrument systems: no complicated on-board interfacing

Robustness:

  • Cyclops fittings have electronics integrated and sealed internally: no vulnerable analogue electronics to mount in external enclosures
  • Cyclops fittings are manufactured with CNC machining and 3D additive processes: high accuracy products which fit securely

The Key Advantages of Smart Fittings

Accurate trusted data:

Cyclops fittings are calibrated against certified standards before they leave the factory: no need for on-board calibration
Cyclops fittings measure load directly in the load path, not indirectly via a loadpin: no errors in load data from pin misalignment

Ease of installation:

Many Cyclops fittings can be supplied with a wireless interface: no cables to run through the deck
Cyclops fittings screw directly into existing standing rigging: quick simple installation
Cyclops fittings output standard digital data directly to smartphones and instrument systems: no complicated on-board interfacing

Robustness:

Cyclops fittings have electronics integrated and sealed internally: no vulnerable analogue electronics to mount in external enclosures
Cyclops fittings are manufactured with CNC machining and 3D additive processes: high accuracy products which fit securely

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