Thursday, October 18, 2007

More details on the Forte carbon fiber mast

Here is the wing mast section identified on the Forte site for Ian Farrier designs up to 31' in length, and good up to a mast height of 40'. It is ~1.3lbs/ft and is listed at $92USD per foot. Another $8/ft for sail track.

I'm not sure yet if $3500 is a good value for a carbon mast. It's still early in my investigation. Any comments from anyone?

The builders of another boat design, the resurrection of Gary Mull's 'Pocket Rocket', the Rocket 22 has offered a testimonial for Forte spars. This is a good recommendation for their product.

7 comments:

Edward said...

That price seems very good -- what doesn't it include, I wonder. Even with the mast track in the pricing, that's $3100 for the section (the L7 wing-mast section is $1500 in aluminum)...

I wonder how much extra it costs to have the reinforcements added at areas where one needs to attach the spreaders, sheaves, stays, cleats, etc.

Still -- all things considered, the price doesn't seem too bad if they don't charge a lot of extra money for the additional bits that would be needed when the mast section is constructed.

Grant said...

I totally agree.

Tor Rabe said...

Seems to be about a quarter of the price Marstroem is asking....

grant said...

Did you guys visit the Rocket 22 site? I thought all the pictures there give a sanity check on the actual size of the boat we are building. It sort of strengthens the part of me pushing for the cuddy cabin version.

Edward said...

I did look around the Rocket 22 site - nice looking vessel. I'm still leaning towards a full cabin w/ aft cabin, myself - but will know more once I get some form frames up and size things in real life.

Very curious that the Rocket website shows an icon for Forte masts at the bottom, but it directs to Hall Spars...

Anonymous said...

Hi , I am building an F22 in Australia and answered the survey with "too far away" but given the current strength of the Oz dollar and the price of local carbon wing masts ( about double the Forte price ) I have E-mailed to ask for a rough freight price . I would get the mast in two pieces and have a sleeve joint at the diamond spreader position . Regards , Jim Buckland .

Tor Rabe said...

This makes it more interesting for me as well. On the other hand, I'm leaning more and more against not using the standard mast. I have access to the molds for a mast used on a highly improved version of the two times world champion formula 28 XOZ (Mirage). This is a much larger profile with an internal web, meaning no diamond needed. This has at least two advantages; unlimited rotation and less drag. (The drag of a wire is equivalent to that of a ten times larger wing section). I have not made a final decision though.