Author Topic: Different masts  (Read 174 times)

Reyeshawk1

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Different masts
« on: January 10, 2020, 06:57:46 PM »
Is there a speed difference between the 3 different masts? Ballenger aluminum, C-tech carbon and Forte carbon? I am aware of the issues of mast breakage with the aluminum rig. Has the high wind kit (baby stays) eliminated the issue? Are the carbon rigs less weight?

Gregg Henning

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Re: Different masts
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 10:33:52 PM »
Forte Carbon and Ballenger Aluminum are better as they are more tunable.  I have had my Aluminum rig for 20 years.  No High wind kit.  Still works great.

davidkrausz

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Re: Different masts
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 07:11:27 PM »
I've sailed with both Forte carbon and the aluminum and have not seen a noticeable difference in performance.  Either mast has succeeded in regattas and most people I've talked to don't necessarily see a benefit one way or the other.    I can't speak to whether the high wind kit helps with breakage.

Bob714hb

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Re: Different masts
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2020, 11:54:19 AM »
I have a couple of questions in this too!

If I were to change to a carbon mast would I still need my high wind kit?

Are there any issues with the rope spine on the mainsail luff fitting the carbon masts?

Any pitfalls switching to carbon?
Thanks!

supercollider

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Re: Different masts
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2020, 10:34:02 PM »
I have the C-tech mast, does anyone have issues with the luff pulling out of the track?  It seems like it might be a bit soft.  Looking like I may need to have the track replaced :( . If anyone has other suggestions, I'd Love to hear 'em.
  -Jeff