Serge Ferrari and Tara Expeditions: the adventure continues!

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  • Tara Expeditions - Serge Ferrari
  • Tara Expeditions - Serge Ferrari
  • Tara Expeditions - Serge Ferrari
  • Tara Expeditions - Serge Ferrari

After nearly 4 years navigating around the planet, Tara left for a new 7-month expedition in the Mediterranean in May 2014. The current mission embraces both a scientific assignment on plastics pollution and an awareness campaign on the multiple environmental challenges faced by the Mediterranean Sea.
Having further strengthened its partnership with Tara Oceans, Serge Ferrari is again supplying all the high-performance composite materials required for protecting on-board equipment and ensuring the crew’s comfort. Canopies over auxiliaries, mainsail and tank protective covers, cockpit seating and closing assemblies, dodgers, Silcord and shade sail… Serge Ferrari has responded to all Tara’s needs!

Mainsail protection: “It’s super strong!” says Samuel Audrain, Tara’s captain.

Made from Serge Ferrari Stamoid Top composite, the mainsail cover takes full advantage of its exceptional technical characteristics. Fully resistant to extreme temperatures, the material properties this flexible composite membrane remain totally intact at temperatures ranging from -20 °C to +70 °C; an essential characteristic for maintaining the schooner’s sails in perfect condition during its different expeditions around the globe. “Protecting our sails is of prime importance. Our rigging is the motor that propels Tara”, adds François Aurat, a Tara crew member. This membrane effectively offers many advantages that enable the crew to live this expedition its maximum potential. The cover fully envelopes and protects the sails from the various aggressive environmental factors (UV radiation, sea air, sand, etc.) and its flexibility ensures its easy handling for the crew.

Stamoid Top’s unique advantages:
• 100% waterproof: multi-layer composite material
• Exceptional service life: very high resistance to UV radiation and mould
• Colourfastness: dope-dyed coating process
• Compactness: remarkable flexibility of composite
• No deformation: strength of high-tenacity polyester yarn
• Easy upkeep: stain-proof shield, simple cleaning with soapy water.

A first test for Soltis 86 and Tara Méditerranée

The orange-coloured Soltis 86 composite screens were tested for the first time on the schooner’s on-board dodgers. “These dodgers are terrific communication media and stand up to everything”, adds communication and partnership manager Magali Puiseux. As veritable windbreaks, it shelters the cockpit and safeguards movement aboard thanks to their high-performance material properties including exceptional breaking and tearing strengths.
These screens were therefore selected for their many advantages, specifically ensured by exclusive Précontraint Serge Ferrari technology. These include:
• Dimensional stability
• Thinness and high strength
• Lightness
• 100% recyclability through the Texyloop® patented process.

Serge Ferrari is proud to again accompany Tara Expeditions by surrounding its intrepid crew with the world’s best protective materials!


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Products and applications

A full range to protect your boats!

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Professionals and pleasure boat skippers the world over appreciate the Serge Ferrari range for its exceptional service life, its UV and mold-resistance, its light weight design and its easy care and cleaning.

The Serge Ferrari Group produces innovative composite textiles, drawing on its expertise as a provider of unique technical textile solutions. From thread manufacturing to product recycling, Serge Ferrari is also the first company in its industry to commit to a comprehensive and global sustainable development strategy.

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Exceptional performance and service life

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Throughout the world, pleasure boat skippers and crews know that conditions at sea are highly unpredictable and that many elements in nature can cause stress and damage.

Serge Ferrari composite materials are woven from high strength polyester thread and feature a specific coating formulation for unmatched performance in the marine environment.

Lightweight, Flexibility
The "Cover" range textiles are exceptionally flexible,making themeasy to handle, fold and stow in tight places.

100% waterproof
For perfect protection of people and equipment, Serge Ferrari composite materials are 100% watertight. Their surface treatment makes them weather and stain resistant.

Serge Ferrari composite materials systematically undergo rigorous testing and receive excellent marks for resistance to mold, dirt and UV radiation.
Even after several years of intense exposure, they preserve their appearance and solidity if maintained as recommended.

Exceptional durability
Serge Ferrari materials do not deform under tension and are highly resistant to breaking and tearing. The Serge Ferrari Stamoid range is covered by a 5 or 7 year warranty.


Technological innovation and eco-design

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The history of Serge Ferrari Group is intimately linked to its capacity to innovate. An intrinsic trait of the Group is our pioneering research, bringing inventive and novel solutions to ever growing complex questions. Some of our newest successes are:silicone range, Nanotop, and Greentech.


Thanks to a controlled process of nanotechnology, Nanotop treatment, Serge Ferrari proposes to limit the maintenance products needed and to conserve the aesthetic quality of your equipment in weather.
This infinitely small and invisible barrier impedes condensation or pollutants fromstaying on the surface of the fabric.


• Eco-conception
Our team has information available, to enable you tomake a satisfactory choice, to give you all comparisons in ecological characteristics within our entire range of products.

• Collection and Recycling
We can assure an end of life that is clean, and can include the transformation of your textiles into new raw materials thanks to the Texyloop process. A new generation of textiles and accessories (recycled PVC rods) coming from the Texyloop process are already available.


Appearance, colours, feel and so many advantages for customising your equipment

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Whatever the design of your power boat or sailboat, Serge Ferrari offers a wide range of weaves, styles and textures, making it possible to coordinate the different textiles on board. You can choose from a unique array of colors, with a matt, satin or gloss finish depending on the application, enabling you to customize your furnishings and protective equipment.

With their remarkable flexibility, Serge Ferrari composite materials adapt to the most complex shapes and create the best look possible.

Shades of white
Serge Ferrari is the only manufacturer to offer such an extensive palette of subtle whites coordinated with gel coat colors: white, snow, cream, ivory, etc.

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