The result is that Sri Lanka now has a thriving sailing industry for both tourism and manufacturing. Supply Chain challenges are minimised as the college produces much of the component parts themselves. When we visited the college we were shown the 3D printing workshop and also the sail loft which harmonises cutting-edge technology with traditional skills. The stainless steel workshop produces, rigging components and fittings, whilst the rope-making shop produces much of the running rigging for the sailboats.
Presently there is a fleet of ten charter boats ranging from fifty feet cruising sailing catamarans to the unique “Ocean Diamond” which is an eighty feet sailing ‘boutique hotel’. Sail Lanka Charter operates the vessels for charter by individuals and groups.