At the end of September a member of the ISAF Technical department visited the production facilities of the Elliott 6m, the equipment for the new Women's Match Racing Olympic event.
The primary aim of the visit was to check the production control procedures and discuss feedback arising from the first boats.
Henry Thorpe, ISAF Technical Coordinator, spent a day at the McConaghy Boats factory near Hong Kong, China. The building and quality processes were inspected thoroughly. The visit was also attended by Greg Elliott (Elliott 6m designer), Mark Evans (Managing Director - McConaghy Boats China) and several other representatives from the factory.
Thorpe, commented, "What has been achieved with the Elliott 6m project in the time since the decision last November to choose the boat has been remarkable. Due to careful management of the initial production, the boat has already been successfully used in two ISAF Sailing World Cup events. The production facility has a documented and traceable manufacturing control procedure throughout the boat building and fit out process. McConaghy Boats and Greg Elliott are passionate about the project and are determined to deliver a quality yet affordable product and are happy to openly discuss any feedback."
ISAF controlled the distribution of the first 80 boats to ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), which is expected to be completed to the customers by the end of December 2009, after which time the boat will be is available for general distribution. The Elliott 6m is available for delivery to individuals and additional fleet sales in time for next season. Should you be interested in purchasing a boat details are available form Elliott marine please see the following website http://www.elliott-marine.com/e6m.html