>Subject: Re: Fiberspar vs Neil Pryde Carbon 25
>Date: 26 May 1993 21:13:36 GMT
>Organization: University of Washington
>Keywords: same masts?
>> I need a 2 pc. mcs 25 wave mast (460cm). I have a Tidal Wave 430
>>and want its counterpart in the 460cm length. my dealer tells me that the
>>Pryde Carbon 25 is the same. Does anyone know if this is true, or should I
>>contact Fiberspar directly??
Rolland Waters writes:
>Fiberspar's phone number is (508) 291-2770. They make most or all of
>Neil Pryde's masts. Whether or not the Tidal Wave 430 is the same as
>the NP Carbon 25 I haven't the faintest idea, but checking the weight,
>stated carbon content, tip diameter, and whether or not it has a
>wave warranty are good places to start..
>Without starting the old argument about mast length vs. MCS stiffness,
>note that some say that to keep the same effective stiffness
>at a 460 length will require a 23 MCS mast. Your mileage may vary...
Thanks Rolland... for some reason your e-mail address isn't valid so I'm
posting this thank you and I've called Johnathan Gregg of Firerspar who says:
"The Neil Pryde masts are not exactly the same as any of the
Fibrespars. By that I mean that Neil Pryde uses (Fibrespar uses to
build for N.P.) their own tooling. The C-25 wave and C-25 Slalom for Neil
Pryde are most similar to our "performance" line. The Tidal Wave 460-24mcs
has a bit more regular glass and a different layout than the NP. For ocean
and shorebreak in cold or extreme conditions where you have to use your gear
to get back to shore, the Fibrespar will be your best choice for
durability. As far as using it for a Slalom/Race Sail (5.4), for a rider
weight of 160lbs. the sail will rig a little flatter with a little less
downhaul and twist off a little sooner in the gusts. It will have less
twitch and therefore be easier to sail for longer sessions. You want to
choose the mast(s) that suit the majority of the sailing you do."
I suppose that I should err on the side of safety - in my case
wave sailing therefore wave masts. The mast is the major cause of
catastrophic failure when sailing, the fin/box second and the two-piece
board the third (you can always tie your rig to your universal). Well that
is that and thanks again for the tip.