HALL > HISTORY
Spars & Rigging is a privately held company.
Principals of the company (which encompasses
all facilities) are Eric Hall, President; Ben
Hall, Vice President; and Phil Garland, Vice
President. Additionally, Managing Directors
Andre Vermeulen and Jos van den Heuvel are shareholders
in the Holland operation, and Managing Directors
Garry Hassall and Murray Jones are shareholders
in New Zealand.
is a brief chronological history of Hall Spars
- June 9, 1980: Hall Spars
and Hall Rigging are founded by Eric Hall
and Phil Garland in Bristol, RI, USA.
- 1984: Ben Hall joins
the company as Vice President.
- 1988: Hall breaks ground
on their first state-of-the-art facility
at 17 Peckham Drive, Bristol.
- 1989: Hall's Advanced
Composites Division opens, ahead of their
10-year anniversary. A "clean room"
and 50-foot curing oven are added to the
factory, and a change is made from wet lay-up
to oven-cured pre-preg composite manufacturing.
- 1992: Hall becomes the
first spar maker to use an aerospace-quality
20m autoclave in the curing of carbon parts
in its own facility.
- 1994: Hall is building
carbon spars for production boats, including
the J/120 and J/130.
- 1998: The Hall companies
have outgrown the facility at 17 Peckham
Drive. A building across the street is purchased
and Hall Rigging moves into a 10,000-square-foot
- 2000: The decision is
made to unite the Hall companies under one
brand. Hall Spars, Hall Rigging and Hall
Engineering come together under the grey
and red logo of Hall Spars & Rigging.
- March 2001: The European
operation (Hall BV) is acquired.
- August 2001: The European
factory is completed.
- December 2001: Hall
launches its online
store featuring rigging products for
J/Boats and other one-designs.
- 2002: Hall builds its
longest mast to date, the 182-foot spar
for Baltic 147 Visione, exceeding
the length of the building by 10 feet.
- May 2002: Hall BV's
40-meter autoclave is installed.
- March 2003: Alinghi,
equipped with Hall spars (mast, boom, reaching
strut, spinnaker pole) wins the America’s
- May 2004: Hall US breaks
ground on a new, state-of-the-art facility
on Broadcommon Road in Bristol, RI, expanding
on efficiency and design capabilities.
- October 2004: The 46-meter
autoclave is installed in the new US factory.
- December 2004: The US
team moves in to 33 Broadcommon Road.
- June 2005: Hall celebrates
the 25th Anniversary of its founding.
- 2005: Hall delivers
its first mast for the Volvo Round the World
Ocean Race to Paul Cayard and his Disney-sponsored
team Pirates of the Caribbean.
- 2005: Hall begins construction
of masts for four America’s Cup teams
preparing for the races in 2007: Alinghi,
Luna Rossa, Mascalzone Latino,
and Victory Challenge.
- 2006: Hall wins the
contract to produce carbon spars for the
Beneteau First 34.7. A second building is
added in Holland to accommodate the production.
- 2006: Hall eclipses
the “longest mast” mark set
in 2002 with the delivery of the 188-foot
carbon spar built for the Wally 143 Esense.
- June 2007: Alinghi
wins a second America’s Cup equipped
with Hall spars (mast, boom, reaching strut,
- December 2007: Hall acquires the factory
in Auckland, New Zealand.
- 2008: The Holland operation
breaks ground for a new 5500 M² facility
across the street from its current location.
- April 2008: Hall's US
factory begins an addition to its second
building in order to accommodate confidential
- June 2008: Hall delivers
the 165-foot carbon mast to the BMW/Oracle
Challenge's 90-foot trimaran.
- August 2008: Hall again
eclipses the longest mast mark, delivering
the 192-foot mast to the Wally 148 Saudade.
- September 2008: The
Hall-rigged TP52 Quantum Racing
wins the overall Med Cup series title.
- 2009: Hall BV in Holland
is bursting at the seams, and ground is
broken for a new purpose-built superyacht
mast facility. In the process, the autoclave
is lengthened to 46 meters, equaling the
size of the autoclave in the US factory.
- November 2009: Hall
SCR wins the DAME Innovation Award, introducing
Seamless Carbon Rigging with an airfoil
- 2010: BMW Oracle
wins the America's Cup with a Hall component
wing mast; a perfect milestone to mark Hall's
- November 2011: Hall
is chosen to fabricate the ultra-light structure
of a Human Powered Aircraft for the Projet
Pégase team at the University of
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
- 2012: The tallest carbon
mast built in the US, at 221 feet, is delivered
to Wally 50m Better Place.
- 2012: Hall delivers
its first hydro-kinetic turbine and carbon
- 2013: Due to Hall's
technology and experience, Hall
Composites, a division of Hall, Inc.,
is created to meet demand for non-marine
- Today: Hall continues
a tradition of innovation in spars, rigging
and composite products.