GMT Composites Carbon Fiber Mast Chosen for Hylas 70
Owner Selects GMT Mast with In-mast Furling for
Simplicity, Flexibility and Performance
Bristol, Rhode Island — The newest Hylas 70, Archangel, has been launched with a GMT carbon fiber mast featuring an innovative in-mast furling system. Archangel was on display at Strictly Sail Miami, February 17-21, 2011.
“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.”
Archangel’s 95-foot carbon fiber mast saved more than 700 pounds aloft versus a standard aluminum mast. The result is a stiffer boat with remarkably 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, post-cured in a computer-controlled oven…the same techniques utilized for manufacturing aircraft parts.
The Archangel project is part of GMT’s continuing relationship with Hylas Yachts, providing the respected builder with improved, custom-built, high-performance masts and booms.
GMT Composites, founded in 1984, stands at the forefront of carbon fiber composite innovation and new applications development. GMT provides engineering and manufacturing on a custom basis with production runs, prototyping, and one-off capabilities.