Waterfront partners with Firehole for marine work

Waterfront Composite Solutions will use Firehole design software to develop an all-composite spiral staircase for a large, private yacht.

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Firehole Composites (Laramie, Wyo., USA) announced on Nov. 29 that its Analysis Services branch will partner with Waterfront Composite Solutions (WCS, Fairfield, Calif., USA), providers of design solutions for the watercraft industry. The two companies will collaborate on analysis of composite assemblies incorporated in the design of a large, private yacht.

“This project is exciting for us because it furthers our work in the high-tech yachting industry and presents some fun challenges. The all-composite spiral staircase, for instance, not only has important functional requirements, but is a key piece of the visual appeal of the craft. We share Waterfront’s desire to achieve superior designs with composites and look forward to working with their creative team” said Firehole project lead Rick Dalgarno.

“WCS is pleased to have Firehole Composites as a strategic partner in our analysis efforts. When we have a complex analysis requirement beyond our in-house capabilities, we know that we have a reliable partner in them. The clear and accurate reporting from Firehole allows us to have confidence in our designs while maintaining our own schedule requirements. The staircase is a classic example: We need to know the stairs will be rock-steady the first time around, without having to overkill the design. There is just no room for error. Firehole gives us confidence we’ll fulfill our engineering requirements without losing sleep” said WCS partner, Brian Climenhaga.