If you have been interested in the Moth class recently, or have had any contact with it, you will surely notice how many boats are using a mast and/or boom from CST Composites. Not only that, but the sail numbers attached to these masts and booms come from countries all over the world such as Spain, America, New Zealand, Estonia, France, United Kingdom and many others!
Since all our products are made proudly in Australia, shipping costs to these overseas customers is a constant concern. In order to ensure that the costs remain a low as possible, we have been supplying our masts in either one or two pieces. Conducive to keeping our overseas customers competitive, we have just finalised some upgrades to our Elite 4 and Elite 11 two piece masts!
These masts feature new patching on the tip, the join and the base in order to save weight, bringing the overall mass down to 2.16kg. The light weight does not have a negative impact on performance as the bend characteristics remain constant; making these masts the perfect fit for MSL16, North and Hyde sails.
Additionally, we are aware that different wind conditions require different sails and therefore, different bend properties. This means that those who are keen to get the best out of their boat in all conditions have more than one mast. This has presented a problem in the past with multiple mast tips and bases being mistaken and mixed up, often producing negative effects. With regard to this, all our two part masts will now have barcodes printed on both the tip and the base, making it easier to identify which tip belongs to which base.
Another advantage of this is if you wish to experiment with different bend properties and sail shapes in various wind conditions, you can make accurate decisions as to which tip to mix with which base, and it is now possible to record the results of how each tip performed with each base.
In the interests of the customer, CST Composites are always looking to reduce shipping costs whilst not hampering performance. This means that all our customers, regardless of what flag you sail under, can have the same opportunities and the same gear as past champions! Equality, efficiency economy. CST Composites are looking after you.