In the last three Newport to Bermuda races, “classic” boats refit with GMT carbon rigs have won their class or outright division. That’s right, not stripped down race boats, but classic designs from Columbia and Hinckley. In 2014, Actea, a 1950s Bermuda 40, won The Saint David’s Lighthouse Trophy for first in division out of 96 boats. In 2016, Kiva, a Hinckley SW51, won their class.
This year, Grundoon, a 1968 Columbia 50, won the Saint David’s Lighthouse Trophy for first in division out of 85 boats. GMT has been building carbon masts and spars longer than anyone else in the world, and the results speak for themselves, both on and off the race course. Here, GMT offers their top 10 reasons for going carbon.
Top 10 Reasons to go Carbon:
1 – Less weight aloft – A carbon mast tube is typically about half the weight of aluminum.
2 – 10:1 – As a general rule, removing 1lb of weight aloft is equal to adding 10lbs to the keel.
3 – Better motion in the Ocean – increased stability means less heeling and pitching, resulting in a smoother, dryer ride.
4 – More comfort – less weight aloft means less rocking and rolling when on anchor, at your mooring, or when motoring.
5 – Less need to reef – de-powering can happen at higher wind speeds due to increased stability.
6 – Better sailing performance – lighter and stiffer = faster and more responsive.
7 – More balanced feel – less weight aloft and flatter boat means better balance.
8 – Less maintenance – Carbon doesn’t corrode, and the finish lasts longer and is easier to maintain than painted aluminum.
9 – Safe and reliable – Pound for pound, carbon is 9x stronger than aluminum, and GMT carbon rigs built almost 30 years ago are still going strong today.
10 – Aesthetics – Carbon rigs have a variety of finish options and can be painted to match any boat, even wood!