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Old 12-05-2010
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
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:
jib inhauls.

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.

Regards

Paulo

Last edited by PCP; 12-05-2010 at 07:36 PM.
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