Pitching in for the health crisis

Published on April 2nd, 2020

Members of the marine industry have redirected their resources to provide services to those agencies and health care facilities combating the COVID-19 pandemic. To recognize these efforts, here’s what we learned:

• Ankor (Portland, OR) usually builds sail covers, dodgers, and other forms of canvas work but they have their attention to mask making. https://www.ankorpdx.com/

• Hartge Yacht Yard (Galesville, MD) donated all the N-95 masks they had to Johns Hopkins. https://www.hartgeyard.com/

• Before we their mandated closure, Irish Boat Shop (Charlevoix, MI) donated all of their N95 masks and gloves into the local healthcare system – about 5,600 gloves and 250 masks. https://www.irishboatshop.com/

• Custom marine canvas manufacturer Kinder Industries (Bristol, RI) and Quantum Sails (Bristol, RI) are building protective shields and masks for hospitals. https://www.kinderindustries.com/, https://www.quantumsails.com/en/lofts/bristol

• America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli built face shields which were delivered to the health professionals of the local hospitals. https://www.lunarossachallenge.com/en/home

• North Sails (South Freeport, ME; Milford, CT) turned their industrial sewing machines to a new task: making masks for caregivers and others who need protection from the disease. https://www.northsails.com/

• Some of the European OneSails lofts have been building personal protective equipment. https://www.onesails.com/

• Switlik (Trenton, New Jersey) has retooled to make face shields for medical professionals rather than life rafts, inflatable life vests, etc. https://www.switlik.com/

• Team One Newport (Newport, RI) reached into their inventory and donated 45 cotton tees to an organization that is making masks. https://www.team1newport.com/

• UK Sailmakers lofts (Norway; Spain; Ukraine, New York, NY; and Sidney, BC) are building isolation gowns with their loft in Ireland getting ready to go into production as well. https://www.uksailmakers.com/

• Ullman Sails lofts (Cape Town, SA; Newport Beach, USA; and Puerto Vallarta, MX) are supporting local and national crisis teams by manufacturing protective masks, shields, and suits. https://ullmansails.com/

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