The M5 project broke another record when Carbo-link unwrapped the largest composite forestay ever built. The sloop rig is already an engineering exploit towering an impressive 88.5m above deck. Weeks of work and one day of curing with electricity completed the new forestay which is built with the same cutting edge fibre-optic technology used only on America’s Cup boats.
This will be the first time a superyacht has been fitted with a solid carbon cable with unidirectional fibre and a fibre Bragg grating (FBG). These are optical fibres that reflect the loads through particular wavelengths. Data of all the tension and loads on the rig at any given moment can then be visually monitored centrally via computer systems.