Video of the mast stepping on Perini Navi‘s recently launched Perseus 3.

The 75.8m carbon fibre mast stands among the 3 tallest rigs ever built in the world and in the words of Future Fibres “we have managed to produce a tube with a perfect exterior surface and a flawless Clearcoat glossy Carbon finish with zero filler – which can add up to 3 percent to the weight of a mast”. The mast weight is optimized at 16.4 tons.

The 23.4m carbon fiber furling boom has been manufactured using pre-preg carbon improving structural performance and weight, compared with standard wet–laminate construction. The boom features a new mandrel furling and locking system, as a result of extensive testing and prototyping. 

Future Fibres standing to rig comprises Carbon fiber for the laterals, while the fore and aft stays are made of a combination of Carbon, PBO, and Kevlar. 

Perseus 3 will feature an exclusive Rig Load Monitoring System that through a series of strain gauges constantly detects the loads acting on the rig components. 

The Sail wardrobe of Perseus 3, in the words of Robbie Doyle, founder of Doyle Sail Maker: “is one of the most unique and challenging ever created”. 

The dimensions of the asymmetrical and the Code 0 are such that the fabric available on the market was not capable of providing the necessary characteristics of strength and lightness, therefore special new fabrics were created after extensive R&D activities. 

The complete sail set exceeds 10,000 square meters, among which the A2 with its 2,602 square meters is the largest sail ever built. 

For the handling and control of the impressive sailing system, Perseus 3 features the new generation of Perini Navi captive winches and furlers. The Jib winches pull a maximum load of 30 tons and have a maximum line speed of 40 meters per minute. Electric variable speed motors and furlers, duly synchronized and monitored by the Perini Navi Automated Sail Handling System, dramatically improve furling and deploy times while speeding the tacking and jibing time by over 75% compared to vessels of the previous generation. 

Technical Features:

Mast: 75.8m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Boom: 23.4m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Standing rig: Lateral Rigging in Carbon Fibre Aft and Fore Stays in Carbon+PBO+Kevlar 

Sail Inventory:

Main Sail 808 m2 The mast features 4 main sail locks: 1 full hoist + 3 reefs Batten car system Cunningham ram
Reacher 1.160 m2
Blade 706 m2 with carbon vertical battens
Staysail 370 m2 On soft hanks and removable torque cable 
Code 0 1.804 m2 On the biggest torque cable TDF ever built by Future Fibres
A2 2.602 m2
A3 2.173 m2
Spinnaker Staysail 721 m2