Marine Applications

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"The Melges 17 is the latest addition to the Melges Performance Sailboats family of high performance, one design products. All 17 feet of this streamlined racer is geared for speed, from its supermodel profile to its 16 lb carbon fiber spar made by Forte. We demanded the toughest, most durable lightweight carbon fiber spar available for this guaranteed edge-of-your-seat racing boat. Forte exceeded our expectations in every way, from their top-shelf customer service and reasonable price to, most importantly, their superior product. "
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Bow Poles & Sprits

Retrofit Your Boat for an Asymmetrical Sail with a Sprit Kit for a Custom Sprit

Why Use an Asymmetric Sail Setup? One simple reason….

“Make the boat more Simple. Especially short Handed”
“A simple boat sailed well is faster than a complex boat sailed poorly”
Our good friend Joe Murli – J44 “Serena Bella”
Newport Bermuda 2008, 2009, 2010
Brooklyn Ocean Challenge 2010, 2011

Carbon Fiber Sprit Kits

The easy-to-install Forte Carbon Sprit Kit includes everything you need: a beautiful clear painted carbon fiber sprit, your choice of easy-to-mount deck hardware and a robust outboard end fitting.

Forte offers four sprit kit sizes to accommodate your boat. The carbon fiber sprit tube will actually be engineered and built to your specific requirements. Because of this, the OD of the tube is not set in stone; the laminate (wall thickness) may be a little thicker for heavier boats or boats carrying more sail area.

  • Small – for boats from 15’ to 27’ long
    2.25” ID, estimated OD 2.7”
    Maximum sprit length = 9’
  • Large – for boats from 34’ to 40’ long
    3.9” ID, estimate OD 4.4”
    Maximum sprit length = 12′
  • Medium – for boats from 27’ to 34’ long
    3.375” ID, estimated OD 3.8”
    Maximum sprit length = 12’
  • Extra-Large – for boats larger than 40’
    4.5″ or 5.0″ ID, Estimated OD 5” or 5.5”
    Maximum sprit length 14’

When planning to mount your kit, we recommend you maintain a 50/50 ratio of unsupported length to supported length. For example if you have 6’ of unsupported pole sticking out past your forward mount, then you will want to have another 6’ of pole to your aft mount. Your total pole length in this case would need to be 12’.

** If you’re just starting to plan out your sprit kit – grab a piece of PVC tubing of similar size to your sprit and lay it out on your deck where you think you will be mounting the sprit. You will be amazed at how much stuff you have to plan to get around, over, through and in-between **

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What Our Sprit Kits Come With

All of our Sprit Kits come with a Forward Mount and an Aft Mount. The Forward mount is a “saddle” style mount which is machined from a Starboard block and includes threaded stainless rods and mounting hardware to easily secure the block to the deck. The idea behind the starboard block is that it is relatively easy to work with if you need to adjust the height or cut a curve into the bottom. You can see in the picture below the saddle mount was cut to fit over the tow rail.

The Aft mount can be your choice of saddle mount (identical to the forward saddle mount), or a removable deck eye. The removable deck eye screws into a plate that is mounted in/on the deck. The aft end of the sprit has a machined receiver block that fits over and pins to the removable deck eye. This allows for a total clean deck when the pole and deck eye are removed.

Custom Carbon Fiber Sprits

Want a retractable bow sprit? Either on deck with a receiver tube to allow the pole to slide in and out or go all out and have it installed through the hull, we can provide the sprit, bearings, receiver tube and mounting hardware. Or buy the just the carbon sprit and fabricate your own custom mount.

Forte can engineer a custom sprit for almost any application. Check out some of these cool sprit projects.

Give us a call or shoot an email to discuss your ideas!