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New Dolphin Tensile Awning website

New website goes live!! – Due to the ever increasing amount of new architectural and marine awning projects we are undertaking, this is the perfect time to launch a dedicated website for these amazing products.

New website goes live!!

Due to the ever increasing amount of new architectural and marine awning projects we are undertaking, this is the perfect time to launch a dedicated website for these amazing products.

Following the recent appointment of our in house designer and structural engineer we are pleased to showcase the projects we have helped to create. In addition to the new website we are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Vision 2017 Architectural show at Olympia starting tomorrow 6th June. For show details visit

So why not learn more about ‘The evolution of Awnings’ and how Dolphin Tensile Awnings could open up a whole new opportunity for you by visiting .

Or contact us

Vision 2017

Dolphin Tensile Awnings are excited to be exhibiting for the first time at Vision 2017, the UK’s premier built environment event at Olympia, London 6-7th June to display our rapidly expanding portfolio.

Aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients, Vision 2017 provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together some of the best designs and leading figures, offering industry intelligence on products, materials, trends and technology across the market.

With over 50 years of fabric manufacturing, Dolphin are passionate about what can be achieved with a combination of art, science and skilled craftsmen to engineer beautiful awnings. We create awnings of distinction for our clients from art through engineering to reality.

Our design mantra is to seek simplicity and ease of use. Through experience we have evolved many methods of deployment over a range of architectural, industrial and marine projects.

Dolphin Tensile Awnings seek to make best use of what is already in place to support the structures and in many cases adding little or nothing to what currently exists.

For more details of how we create these stunning Tensile Awnings and to discuss your bespoke project with our designers and structural engineers please contact us on:

01255 243366 or  We would also be delighted to meet you in person, please visit us at Vision 2017 on stand 137.

Vision 2017 is free to attend, for more information click here

New challenge for 2017?

Dolphin Sails – Dolphin Covers Palma – Dolphin Tensile Awnings – Sailkote Plus

Need a new job?? Dolphin are always keen to hear from candidates that would like to work in the marine industry and who can demonstrate a eye for detail, a desire to offer excellent customer service and would like to be part of a growing organisation.

With production facilities and offices in Harwich, West Mersea, Hamble and Palma de Mallorca we can offer a diverse range of opportunities.

If you would like to develop a skill for life then please submit your CV and a covering letter to Jon Sturmer

Currently we would be keen to hear from junior and experienced sail and cover makers.

Southampton Boat Show

The 2016 Southampton Boat Show is underway and the weather is looking good for the weekend so why not pop along and see the hundreds of boats on view and visit our stand to have a chat about your requirements for 2017.

Dolphin Sails are on stand F076

Sails & Covers. Essex, Hamble and Palma

Sails & Covers. Essex, Hamble and Palma

Fantastic Opportunity in Palma

Palma de Mallorca Expansion

Dolphin Covers officially opened in Palma de Mallorca at the beginning of 2016, since then there has been a rapid increase in customer enquiries. The UK based team have been travelling to the ‘Sunshine Island’ on a regular basis over the last 4 years but such is the demand we are keen to expand our local Palma team.

We are seeking an experience cover maker to support the Palma Manager. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a commitment to offer a first class level of customer service and be capable of producing covers of the very highest standards.

Candidate requirements:

Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English and ideally Spanish

A successful track record in creating fantastic marine covers

The ability to project manage customers projects

The right to drive in Europe

Knowledge of sailmaking would be a benefit

For more information or to apply, please send questions, CV’s and covering letters to Paul Gray in our Head Office in Harwich, UK : or telephone 0044(0)1255243366

Titchmarsh Roadshow

Titchmarsh Marina Roadshow – Saturday 13th August

Dolphin Sails will be hosting a mini roadshow at Titchmarsh Marina this Saturday. Members of the team will be on site between 10am and 3pm. Look out for the roadshow trailer in the main car park

Come along for chat about sails or covers. If you would like us to pop on to the pontoons to look at your boat please call 01255 243366 to book an appointment.

Also open will be Foundry Reach Chandlery and Westwater Yacht Sales

Tensile Awning Designer Required

Dolphin Tensile Awnings (DTA) are a company that are looking to take their bespoke awning business to the next level. They are seeking an experienced Civil Engineer with design experience who can lead the development of the company through the expected period of rapid growth.

The predominate project types will be marine and architectural based form found awnings, this will normally require offering a ‘turnkey’ service to the client. Experience in project management is therefore essential. DTA operate using the form finding NDN software and the successful candidate will ideally have significant project experience of NDN software, to a level that they will be significantly proficient to provide training to other members of staff.

Essential requirements:
BSc / MSc or equivalent in Structural Engineering
Experience using AutoCAD software and NDN software
Experience of Architectural based projects
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Capable of producing and presenting client proposals
Preparing budgeting information
Capable of undertaking project negotiations, including preparing final contracts.
Experience of project management

Experience of Marine based projects and a knowledge of yachts would be useful.

Salary commensurate to experience. Projects may be globally based and some travel may be required.

Please forward CVs to Dolphin Tensile Awnings

METS – The Marine Trade Show

Dolphin Tensile Awnings are very pleased to say that they will be exhibiting for the first time at METS. Based in Amsterdam, METS is the largest trade show of its kind in the world.

Based in the Superyacht Hall (Stand 10.520), Dolphin Tensile Awnings will be exhibiting the stylishly designed awnings for marine use.

Created using specialist form finding software to evolve stable structures that require minimum infrastructure Dolphin Tensile Awnings can offer an easy solution to create shade.

To see how the unique shapes are created please click here for the video:

Awnings with Distinction




For full details contact:

Matthew Vincent – Chief Designer –  0044(0)1255243366

Jon Sturmer – Sales Manager –  0044(0)1206384412

Foxs Marina & Oyster Yachts Boat Show

Dolphin Sails will be exhibiting at the Foxs Marina & Oyster Yachts boat show from Friday 13th May until Sunday 15th. The event is open from 10am to 4pm daily.

Based at Foxs Marina, Ipswich members of the Dolphin cover and sails team will be on hand to discuss any enquiries. Come along and see our display models, fabric samples or book a time for a member of the team to pop down into the marina to chat on board your boat.

There is a large selection of pre-owned Oysters to view, the new Beneteau 35, lots of brokerage boats currently listed with Foxs Yacht Sales and Hardy Marine. Also the very well stocked Foxs Chandlery and Country Store will be worth a visit.

For full details please contact Jon or Paul on 01255 243366

Also exhibiting will be East Anglian Sea School, F-Ribs, Raymarine, Ocean Safety and Z-Spars

Sun Awning – Just the job!

Feedback from our customers is always welcomed, especially regarding our unique Tensile Awnings. An Oyster 72 that is currently based in the Caribbean has just sent this photo and comment.

Feedback from our customers is always welcomed, especially regarding our unique Tensile Awnings. An Oyster 72 that is currently based in the Caribbean has just sent this photo and comment.

“Thought you might like to see the tensile boom awning in use, boss is loving having it here in the Caribbean and it’s only taking 5-10mins to put up now we have all the lines marked.”

WeatherMax80 Tensile Awning
WeatherMax80 Tensile Awning








Starting in front of the sprayhood, the awning comes aft to cover the companion way and cockpit area creating a perfectly shaded area for the owners and their guest to relax in. In addition to helping keep the cockpit cool the awning helps to reduce the temperature below decks as well, this has the benefit of not having to run the aircon so often reducing noise and maintenance.

The sprayhood and tensile awning are both made using WeatherMax80. The fabulous clarity of vision through the sprayhood is due to the Strataglass laminated window material.

To discuss how Dolphin can help with your awnings and covers please contact:

Jon Sturmer or Paul Gray on 00 44(0)1255 243366 or


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