|> > I'm thinking of upgrading from an epoxy to a carbon mast which I hope
|> > will make light wind water starts a little easier. My questions are:
|> > 1. is a 2 pice mast superior to a one piece? 2. About how much do I need
|> > to spend for something decent? Any comments/advice would be most
|> > welcome. Thanks.
1) No, a single is the way to go, if you don't mind hauling around 14' - 16'
of mast. The new DynaFibers are supposed to have a stronger union than a
one piece, but that's the adverti***t - haven't heard actual reports.
2) I've found deals on NoLimitz for $125 - $150 (in Hood River).
|> Just to add a question to this thread: any comments on the durability of
|> carbon vs. epoxy vs. aluminum masts? I broke two masts last year in the
|> shore break (both 2 piece, one epoxy, one aluminum), and I was relatively
|> happy that both were cheapies. Would carbon be more or less likely to
|> snap? Are one-piece masts more durable?
Probably and yes.
Most of the surf-nazis that I know are running with epoxy, since
you don't really need the stiffness of a carbon in the waves anyhow.
Plus carbon is more brittle than epoxy so would be less likely to
bend as well in one of those spectacular over-the-falls crunchers,
and they are cheaper $$.
Cris Hannu | Windsurfing the high country.