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Old 07-03-2001
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Spar Speculation

In a total refit, is the additional cost associated with a carbon-fiber mast and boom worth the weight savings?

Sue & Larry respond:
You rarely see a carbon-fiber mast and boom on anything other than high-tech racing boats and occasionally on speed oriented catamarans. Unless you are a serious racer or have really deep pockets, our advice would be to see how your money is holding out before making such a large investment as a carbon-fiber mast and boom. That type of rig is certainly not necessary for safe sailing and you'll find plenty of other things to spend money on in your refit.  

Carefully inspect your existing mast and boom, and if they're in good shape, keep them. You may want to consider refurbishing your spar (repaint, renew hardware and lights, and replace wiring) at the same time as you replace your standing rigging. Doing this job yourself will provide you with valuable information about all aspects of your rig. The more you know about your own boat, the safer you are on the water. If you're not interested in tackling this job on your own, contact SailNet's Custom Spar Shop for a custom quote on refurbishing your existing rig.

Best of luck with your refit.
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