All Selden carbon masts use custom designed laminates to suit the particular application. The combination of meticulous care, long experience and exact specifications enable us to achieve optimum performance for minimum weight. The purpose is to make each individual boat go faster. The main characteristic of a carbon mast is the high longitudinal and lateral stiffness in relation to weight. The stiffness is customised to suit each individual boat and the crew can fine tune the prebend and the forestay tension to achieve a higher precision in the sail trim. The weight of a carbon mast is considerably lower than the equivalent aluminium section. When designing a new boat, the designer has the option to select a lighter keel for the same righting moment as when using an aluminium mast. Alternatively, he keeps the standard keel and gains righting moment, a great advantage for a short handed crew with no crew members on the windward rail. Seldén use unidirectional carbon fibre, pre-impregnated in epoxy for optimum resin content. Black pigment in the epoxy protects against UV radiation damage and preserves the mast appearance.