Can anyone help with the relative advantages and disadvantages of the various carbon masts: Chipstow, Superspar and Proctor? I'm not looking to be at the front of the fleet. My boat is an NSM 2 just used for fun.
Posted: 21/07/2006 16:53:57
The Chipstow mast is superb, a highly refined bit of kit used by all the top boats, drawbacks are cost and the lead time to get one. The Superspar is a good compromise, not as light and a little stiffer than Chipstow, but quite a bit cheaper. Proctor are not really in the game.....
Posted: 21/07/2006 17:06:49
By: Dave Lee
I asked Richard Whitworth the same question. His reply was that there is a massive jump up from an ali mast to a carbon mast and a little jump from a superspar to a chipstow. You won't notice the difference if you're not at the front of the fleet.
Posted: 21/07/2006 17:22:30
Would second Jon's endorsement of the durability of the Superspar as I have done several things with mine which I doubt I would have got away with on the Chipstow, mine has to be 6 or 7 years old now transferred from Elusive when I bought Heaven Sent 4 years ago
Posted: 24/07/2006 09:33:36
By: Andrew M
I can't comment on the relative merits of the different masts but I have just fitted a new Superspars carbon mast to my NSM2 and am very pleased with it. The boat feels a lot easier to sail and more responsive than she did with her ali mast.
Posted: 24/07/2006 11:05:39
By: Nigel C (3354)