Hamble-based Ullman Sails has joined forces with Hydes

Ullman Sails UK has joined forces with Hyde Sails to create one of the largest sail making companies in the UK. Ian Simkins, principal and founder of Ullman Sails UK, and a sail maker with 25 years of experience, will incorporate his neighbouring Hamble sail loft into part of Hyde’s big boat facility.

Hyde Sails opened a new sail loft on the waterfront at Hamble Yacht Services for the manufacture of big boat sails in January 2001. Its new loft is equipped to service and repair sails from the smallest dinghy to a Volvo 60. “The inclusion of Ullman Sails’ customer base and depth of experience will provide both Hyde and Ullman customers with the very best design, sail making technology and service capability,” explains Kevin Sproul, Hyde’s Marketing Director.

Integration of key Ullman personnel with the existing Hyde team will result in an increased level of service for all customers, and Ian Simkins will continue to offer a personal service to all existing Ullman customers. “For my current customers it will be business as usual,” Simkins reassures. “This venture will allow me to concentrate on offering my many long-standing customers even better service. I am also looking forward to the challenge of adding value to the Hyde manufacturing trademarks of quality and consistency.”