Forte carbon fiber masts, booms and spars

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Forte carbon fiber masts, booms and spars

Postby Nick » Mon May 21, 2007 3:21 pm

Dear Nick:

I wanted to send you our new press release because I thought the sailors reading the Blue Moment website might enjoy learning about our reasonably-priced, custom-designed carbon fiber masts, booms, battens and poles.

Forte is unique because we use computer controlled, 4-axis continuous fiber braiding technology to create bullet-proof spars that stand up to accidental mishaps and the worst weather conditions. Because we’re fully automated, we can pass significant cost savings onto our customers, helping them save money. We’ve been quietly building spars for 6 years, for racers and cruisers alike, and have a growing and loyal following.


I believe cruisers reading Blue Moment would appreciate this testimonial on how tough Forte spars are (albeit from a single-handed racer!). In November 2006, Forte built Clay Burkhalter’s new mast, boom and pole for Acadia, a Mini Class prototype designed by Rod Johnstone. Clay just placed 6th in the 300 mile Pornichet Select Race. Here’s the word from Clay on how tough Acadia’s 29 pound, custom-designed mast is:
[quote]“Skies were overcast and the wind was slowly increasing… at around 2030 I was steering the boat, attempting to surf the bigger waves when I heard a loud bang. I looked up and thankfully the mast was still in one piece. I placed the boat on autopilot and went forward to look around; all seemed well on deck so I studied the mast as best as I could from deck level. The main was fairly far out and the sail was bearing hard against the leeward spreaders…….I had climbing gear on the boat, a harness and ascenders (ascenders are basically hand cleats that grab a line and can be released and moved), though I had a hell of a time trying to use this stuff at the dock and figured it would be ridiculous at sea… I stripped off my foul weather jacket, grabbed some halyards and started to free climb the 40 foot mast, using every ounce of energy I had to reach the second spreaders. Thirty seconds later I was perched on the second spreaders of a boat that was doing 9 to 10 knots, with no harness, thinking that if the mast breaks now or if the autopilot acts up, I might be in trouble… I quickly inspected the spreader connections and other fittings, which seemed okay, and slid down the mast.â€
- Nick 8)

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