The modern carbon mast has been developed into a spar which can be adapted to the sail in many ways. A good carbon mast has the right stiffness and should be as light as possible without being vulnerable to breakage.
To achieve this the
" Saarberg carbon mast "
it is built up from different grades of carbon and the application differs along the section. The mast must have an even bend to increase potential performance from the sail which makes the design process easier for the sailmakers.
The mast itself is the front edge of the foil and has a foil shape. It is important to have a close cooperation with the sailmaker to develop a good package.
With the fullness of the sail you can stretch the use of the mast down and up. The mast is relatively soft fore/aft and is relatively stiff sideways.
We developed this style about 5 years ago and it proved to be the way to go to get more control over the top of the sail.
Special sections are made to order, like sub 65kg for the very light sailors and special bend characteristics.
Technical info Saarberg carbon mast .
The present Saarberg A-class carbon mast is built in 3 catagories for sailor weight.
- The soft section goes from 65-75kg
- The standard section: 75-90 kg
- The stiff section 90+kg
- Section dimensions: 60-145mm
- Length: standard 9,04m
- Weight: < 8,0 kg for soft section, approx. 8,3 kg for standard section and 8,6 kg for stiff section. - This is the lightest in each catagory we found to date.