Did you know… …why we keel step our masts?

Thursday 24th November 2016

The predominant reason why we choose to keel step all our masts throughout the range is efficient load transfer.

As all X-Yachts are designed around a Galvanised Steel Frame, or Carbon Capped Frame, it is sound engineering practice to transfer the compression load created by the mast directly to this frame. This therefore allows us to apply very high loads via the standard rod rigging, (whose loads are also transferred to the frame) which then ensures the precise “Tuning” of the mast remains consistent in the various wind and sea states that are encountered.

The result is a safer, stiffer, and more pleasurable sailing experience.