a brief history of the company

The marine transport service provided by Portacraft stands as a testament to unparalleled excellence. Crispin Holworthy's journey began with a realization during his early years in specialized marine transport: the absence of provisions for transporting the most crucial and delicate component of high-tech racing yachts – the masts.

Over the span of 40 years, amidst radical shifts in mast construction technology, particularly with the increasing popularity of Carbon Fibre in both racing yachts and cruisers, Crispin meticulously cultivated a unique service solely dedicated to mast transport. Collaborating closely with top yacht mast manufacturers and conducting thorough analyses on the effects of road transport on materials like carbon, he pioneered a range of specially constructed trailers designed exclusively for transporting Carbon and Aluminium sections by road.

Each trailer is equipped with at least five-point adjustable supports spanning the entire length of the section in transit, comfortably accommodating sizes ranging from 35m to 40m. Remote hydraulic rear steering on select trailers provides peace of mind, especially when manoeuvring into tight spaces such as small isolated boat yards and syndicate locations.

To meet growing demand and seize the opportunity to transport prestigious masts for events like the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, Portacraft Ltd, in collaboration with RM trailers, introduced custom-designed mast trailers. These trailers, introduced in 2005 specifically for the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia and the Volvo Ocean Race starting in Vigo, Spain, and later in May 2009, were tailor-made to handle masts of remarkable dimensions.

Today, Portacraft offers a comprehensive package to fulfil all individual marine transport needs, whether it's transporting 4m diameter coils of super yacht rigging, masts up to 40m, It's a service that epitomizes dedication, innovation, and a commitment to excellence in every aspect of mast transport.