Wednesday, November 4, 2009

$10 Million Dollar Carbon Fiber Mast

The carbon fiber mast on the Oracle BMW America's Cup boat failed and snapped yesterday. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the designing and building of the mast with spars cost a cool $25 million. However, a replacement carbon fiber mast is only going to set them back $10 million USD, and the boat should be repaired in time for the upcoming America's Cup.

Ironically, the carbon fiber mast snapped during a non-stressful practice session with light winds, I hope they have boat insurance that covers composite materials...

Photo Credit: Port of San Diego via flicker

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