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They're heavy, in the worst possible area. Weight in the bow, stern is bad enough, why put something so under engineered on a boat. There's a reason people spend the extra money for a carbon rig, use a dingy windex, switch to hi tech line instead of wire, and strip their halyards. Weight up high is bad.
No backstay to bend the mast, no way to tighten the forestay underway.
To me, it just seems like the engineers gave up and said, "lets just put big strong stick on the boat and get rid of all these pesky wires.
"Bryan and Carey report that the boat sails faster, points higher, balances better, and is just a lot more fun to sail than it ever was before. "
WOW, someone should let the Vendee and Volvo guys know they're doing it wrong. Or... B&C could learn how to tune a rig. There aslo was no mention of sails used in the before and after test. I hope they used the same sails, b/c if they ordered a new set, well, there's your speed, pointing and fun factor right there. Maybe I'm way off based and don't understand the technology, but I see this as being the bastard child of masts, not the "soon to be norm".
And why put wood in a mast? Wood rots.
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