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|06-15-2011 08:21 AM|
|bobperry||Gary carbon mast for a trailerable boat is probably not a good idea. Carbon masts are not durable and don't like to be banged around. I think in a situation where you would be raising and lowering rig freqently there would be too many times when you are liable to nick the mast wall. Aluminum is durable.|
|06-04-2011 06:54 PM|
Would carbon be a good choice for a trailerable boat? Raising the mast on a trailerable boat would be a lot easier if it weighed half as much.
I don't know anything about carbon masts. When I hear about failures though it makes me think of the failures I see in my every day work. Most failures on mechanical stuff seems to come from poor engineering, or poor execution of the technologies involved, rather than bad technology. I'm on my second boat with keel support problems, and both were clearly due to poor engineering. So I'd like to see real data on the actual failures.
Gary H. Lucas
|06-03-2011 10:24 PM|
Carbon Masts are good choice for all out race boats where every lb is makes a difference. The Schock 40 is an example where a Carbon Mast is a sensible choice.
The vast majority of sailboats are not all out race boats and a carbon mast is simply vanity for these vessels. Examples of slow boats with Carbon rigs are the Alerion Express and many J/Boats.
If one wants to increase performance in a performance cruiser than much better to buy a performance style ALU rig (tapered mast and shaped spreaders). On a 30 footer, the difference in weight aloft between a carbon rig and a performance ALU rig might be 50-75 lbs.
BTW - when carbon fails it tends to fail "catastrophically" when ALUM fails it tends to bend.
|06-01-2011 12:50 PM|
From what i have seen to get life out of the Carbon mast its needs to be painted as the sexy clear finishes have a limited UV life span VS a Carbon mast painted in white Alwgrip
There are a few Jboats amoung others that are built with Alu OR Carbon as and extra and the carbon mast boats take a 6 to 8 second hit on there rating
The only bigger production boat i have seen with NON-Metal standing is something like the Melges 32 because the Carbon and PBO is a BIG JUMP in cost
|06-01-2011 11:47 AM|
Originally Posted by PCP View Post
|06-01-2011 10:42 AM|
You are correct in that the OP was asking about masts vs spin poles, BUT, while the conversation has drifted a bit, it does show the wt difference, and were in some cases, going to the carbon vs alum WILL make a better cost effective spending of funds for cruisers, racers etc. Someday when the economy picks up, maybe the money on a carbon pole will be worth it. ALong with alum is a bit more forgiving with rookie folks learning the ropes if you will flying a spin with a pole. Been using the AS like a sym. works nice in some deep down wind situations, even going to a reach the sail has a bit better shape etc.
|06-01-2011 10:27 AM|
Originally Posted by blt2ski View Post
|06-01-2011 09:45 AM|
I would agree that a carbon spar on boats our ages, and the design that aluminum is probably a fine way to go. But as mentioned, some of the lighter boats out there like the pogo, it would make a difference in performance in many more ways than some of the older designs. Or should was say, a more noticeable difference.
I did buy a spin pole last summer, could not see in this particular $$ environment spending it on a carbon one. BUT, handling the carbon vs alum at fisheries. wowzza! 5 lbs vs 12 for a 12' pole on my boat. I could imagine if one has to deal with a 16-20' pole on some larger boats. Say NCarr! not sure how big that J is, but an aluminum one might be too big for one, and two folks could certainly have an issue in rougher seas.
Hope your feeling better!
|06-01-2011 08:46 AM|
Regarding saving weight and the location of the weight that is much more important in a Pogo or any other very light boat comparing with an heavier boat. As a 40ft Pogo can weight half the weight of a medium weight cruiser, that saved weight on the mast is twice more important in the Pogo than in an heavier boat in what regards increasing righting moment.
You have the opposite with the ballast on the keel. The lighter the boat the less ballast you need for the same effect (assuming the same draft).
|06-01-2011 08:44 AM|
I am wandering around the Eastern Caribbean just now and have seen a couple of boats where the carbon mast has failed unexpectedly this year. One a mega yacht and one a cruiser. Both made comments about benign conditions and it not being expected.
I can understand a failure when everything is strapped in tight and you are banging away to windward in a big sea but that does not seem to have been the case in both these boats.
Anybody got an idea why they should fail like this? Are CF rigs prone to fatigue?
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