Founded by Patrick de Laslo. A collaboration with legendary designer Uffa Fox in 1952 led to manufacture of one of the first production fiberglass boats, the Flying Twenty moulded in a combination of Crystic 189 polyester resin with matted glass fibres. de Laszlo named this material Deborine after his wife Deborah. Not long afterwards came the Flying Fifteen, many of which are still sailing. This developed into a large scale business as VT Halmatic were commissioned to mould large numbers of craft by Camper & Nicholson's, Moody's and other leading builders of that era. VT Halmatic introduced its own range of commercial and military craft which were supplied either as "part-assemblies" for other yards to complete or were fitted-out by VT Halmatic for its own customers. Amongst the many notable craft moulded by VT Halmatic over the years the following are particularly worthy of note: The NICHOLSON 32 yacht designed by Camper and Nicholson and moulded by Halmatic, followed by the Nicholson 26, 36, 38, 43, 48, 55 and 72. The Moody 42, 52 and 62. The Nelson 40/42 – the archetypal pilot boat and gentleman’s motoryacht – one of which was the victim of the IRA bomb at the 1974 Earl’s Court Boat Show. The Arun-class lifeboat – over 40 of which were moulded for the R.N.L.I. and ten for the Greek Coastguard. During the 1960's and 1970's VT Halmatic's expertise produced larger and more technically advanced craft. Moulded by VT Halmatic in 1975 for the RNLI Arun 54-04 was the world's first fibreglass offshore lifeboat. The relationship continues today with VT Halmatic heavily involved in the building of the R.N.L.I.'s new generation Severn and Trent composite lifeboats.
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