The most expensive and stressful part of our latest refit to “Morgan’s Cloud” was the replacement of her mast. So why did we do it? Simple, peace of mind.
Carbon Fibre Mast
If you are considering buying a boat with a carbon fibre mast or replacing your existing aluminum mast with carbon, this is the Online Book for you. John provides in-depth information on the benefits and drawbacks of carbon fibre for voyaging boat masts. And none of this is theory. John and Phyllis went through the build and installation of not just one but two carbon fibre masts.
Table of Contents:
Pictures of Americas Cup-class boat hulls breaking in half and their masts, supported by a plethora of rigging and spreaders, collapsing in relatively benign conditions, have given structures built of carbon fibre an undeserved reputation for fragility. John challenges this impression.
John uses simple engineering and yacht design to explain why a carbon fibre mast delivers such astounding increases in performance and comfort.
So, how much did the new carbon fibre mast for “Morgan’s Cloud” cost? John shares the bottomline.
John explains why he feels confident that going with carbon fibre for our new mast has given us a stronger mast than could be built in aluminum, as well as a faster, more stable and safer boat. And all without any appreciable increase in lightning strike risk.