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Perini Navi completes mast stepping of Perseus 3


Perini Navi has completed the mast stepping operation of Perseus 3. The sloop has been equipped with one of the tallest masts in the world, measuring 75.8 metres, weighing 16.4 tons. The mast is made out of carbon fibre, has had been delivered by Future Fibres.

A spokesperson for Future Fibres commented “we have managed to produce a tube with a perfect exterior surface and a flawless Clearcote gloss Carbon finish with zero filler – which can add up to 3 per cent to the weight of a mast”.

The 23.4 metre carbon fibre furling boom has been manufactured using pre-preg carbon improving structural performance and weight, compared with standard wet–laminate construction. The boom features a new mandrel furling and locking system, as a result of extensive testing and prototyping. Future Fibres standing rigging comprises Carbon fibre for the laterals, while the fore and aft stays are made of a combination of Carbon, PBO and Kevlar.

The complete set of sails by Doyle exceeds 10,000 square metres. The A2 alone measures 2,602 square metres.

Perseus 3 will debut at the Monaco Yacht Show this summer.

By Maarten Janssen

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