Originally Posted by Faster
That's about $50K... a big part of your "is carbon worth it?" debate!
That's not for only a mast, it is for a top performance kit.
For example the one from the Elan 38 costs 27 500 € and has:
"SELDEN keel stepped clear coated CARBON mast with two swept back spreaders in aluminium.
running rigging includs:
1 x main halyard Dyneema; 1 x genoa1 halyard Dyneema;1 x spinaker1 halyard Daneema; 1 x genoa2 halyard Dyneema; 1 x spinaker2 halyard Dyneema; 1 x spinnaker pole lift Dyneema.
SELDEN match racing flat boom black anodised;
1 x outhaul; 1x reef1;1 x reef2.
Standing rig: ROD.
HARKEN carbo racing foil instead of Furlex;Three colour navigation light on mast top; CARBON spi pole / dip pole; HARKEN performance deck equipment:
racing backstay purchasing system with spectra rope.
2 x Harken B44.2 STA main sail winch; 2 x Harken B44.2 STA halyard winch;
2 x Harken B46.2 STA genoa winch.
Main sheet, genoa sheets, spinnaker sheets and control lines for genoa cars in spectra quality.
2,35m draft racing composite keel (iron fin/lead bulb)"
Probably the one from the x 38 will include also a Carbon Boom (the Elan Boom is black anodized aluminum) and that with the more expensive material from the X yachts will put the price around those 35 000 €.
Of course if you are a cruiser or a club racer you don't need it but if you are going to compete at high level than that will be indispensable and probably less expensive than a complete top performance sail wardrobe.
The carbon mast will take out a lot of weigh up. That will give the boat more righting moment and that will be translated in more sailing power (the boat will be capable of carrying more sail). A carbon mast is also more resistant and flexible. That will allow better sail adjustments.