At Point-7 each length mast is individually developed according to its size and estimated wind range. The reason for this development being that the qualities you seek in a large 9m slalom sail are very different from the qualities and performance characteristics from a 5m slalom sail which is used in strong wind. The result is a change in curve and stiffness according to length. This specific development guarantees that the user will always have a mast that delivers the outmost performance in its specific range. No matter your level of windsurfing, this development translates into performance for everyone.
High quality windsurfing masts are mainly manufactured in Italy. There are different companies producing this part of the equipment. Some companies even if Italian are based outside Italy. Our supplier is based in Italy and produces in Italy. Most of the masts might look the same, but often produced by different manufactures with different machinery, materials, and technology. By having the mast production based in Italy where Point-7 is situated, it’s possible to have a continuous development into new products and ensure that the quality of all finished products that leaves the factory is second to none. Further guaranteeing the quality of the materials being used in production are up to the specifications needed for making a durable performance product.
The mast is a very important accessory for our rig. It’s the back bone of your windsurfing sail. It’s where the development starts. Once you have defined and developed a preferred mast curve and material characteristics, the sail designer starts cutting the sail on that mast. Just like having a suit tailor made.
Most of the masts on the market are constant curve, but this is only a general term to explain the characteristics. What is important is the curve percentages values of the bottom and top sections of the mast, including materials, shapes, and reflex. These are values which are very different in each sail brand, and all kept secret. This is why the best efficiency is reached by having an integrated rig.
Our curves are progressive, and each mast length has a specific curve to work best in that specific condition. Shorter mast length are having softer bases and stiffer tops to guarantee comfort and stability, longer mast length are stiffer in the base and softer in the top to give more power in light winds and breathing of the sail.
From now our mast lines have the bend curve printed on them, so you will know more of the product you are buying!
Point-7 masts are manufactured using the Prepreg-Autoclave process which creates an extremely homogenous carbon/resin mix under high pressure. Using a newly patented procedure which allows the resin to be distributed in equal quantities around the mast walls, the masts are guaranteed to have an equal curve around all its diameter, and thus more uniform in comparison to former production procedures. The resin is reduced to an absolute minimum for unprecedented durability. The resin used is top quality as well and will give support to the carbon even on very hot temperatures and on water crashes.
With the introduction of these new SDM lines, the masts are black, aggressive, light and beautiful. A new re-fined technology. The latest precision in the layout process of the materials, and the 100% efficiency in minimizing the resins, has led to save 300 grams on average. The curves have not changed, but the feeling will be new, meaning lighter and more responsive, as true Point-7 product.