GMT Composites places carbon fiber mast on specialty yacht

The new Hylas 70, Archangel yacht features a 95-ft/29m carbon fiber mast that saved more than 700 lb/318 kg aloft versus a standard aluminum mast.

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GMT Composites (Bristol, R.I., USA) has announced that the newest Hylas 70, Archangel yachet, has been launched with a GMT carbon fiber mast featuring an in-mast furling system. Archangel will be on display at Strictly Sail Miami, Feb. 17-21, 2011.

Archangel's 95-ft/29m carbon fiber mast saved more than 700 lb/318 kg aloft versus a standard aluminum mast. The result is a stiffer boat with reduced heeling and pitching compared to a traditionally sparred yacht. In addition, carbon is much stronger, pound-for-pound, than aluminum. GMT Composites' masts are manufactured with hand-laid pre-preg carbon, and then post-cured in a computer-controlled oven.

"Archangel's owner is an exceptionally experienced yachtsman with demanding performance expectations for his boat and her gear," says Jay Kiley, director of sales and marketing for GMT Composites. "His requirements included short-handed sailing capabilities, along with an in-mast furling system with infinite push-button reefing abilities."