Freeland Yacht Spars are one of a few businesses left in the Marine Industry with the traditional ways of respect their customers. The respect comes from all levels within the business and I very much enjoy placing and order to receiving a quality mast delivered by very pleasant drivers which makes such a difference these days and an inspiration to all.
Mr Tony Smee - Folkboat UK
The mast is a work of functional art! To achieve total functionality combined with a high tactile and visual merit is rare; but has been done in this case. … A business which provides a formal service combining craftsmanship and a responsive design. This was of great value to me as a customer.
Brigadier Charles B Telfer CBE
It was a pleasure dealing with you and the depth of knowledge and experience was plain to see.
The quality and professionalism of Collars shone through right from the initial enquiry all the way to delivery of a first class product. They behaved not just as a supplier but an enthusiastic member of the project team. Ten out of ten.
Please accept my sincere thanks for the outstanding way in which you and your team have met and exceeded expectations in every respect. This was Total Quality Management in the practice and the spirit: Congratulations.
From all levels from the Managing Director to the Driver, Collar’s staff were professional punctilious and (above all) punctual. I wish other companies achieved the same standard.
You have no idea how much joy your Newsletter gives.
The last article about Merlin Rockets brought back all my early boat building career at Woottens when Arthur Wotten and I were building Merlins. The Chippendale hulls were faster with roves which made them heavier than Jack Holt’s which were clenched.
I was given the job of rudder blades with a scribing gauge tapering from 1-1/4” mahogany down to ¼”
I started my career in Bourne End with John Andrews sweeping up and making the tea for 25 shillings a week but I did not like hard chine Slipper Launches. Reading Cruising Yacht Designs and Performance by Harrison T. Butler who was an ophthalmic surgeon gave me the idea I should become a dentist where I worked happily in Windsor for 40 Years.
Friends say a strange career change from boatbuilding to dentistry, to which I reply you have to make a strong watertight joint with both.