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 weâ€™re fully automated, we can pass significant cost savings onto our customers, helping them save money. Weâ€™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 Burkhalterâ€™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. Hereâ€™s the word from Clay on how tough Acadiaâ€™s 29 pound, custom-designed mast is:
[quote]â€œSkies were overcast and the wind was slowly increasingâ€¦ 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 spreadersâ€¦â€¦.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 seaâ€¦ 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 troubleâ€¦ I quickly inspected the spreader connections and other fittings, which seemed okay, and slid down the mast.â€
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