Looking for truly custom and unique setup the owner of Baltic 52#15 has come to Offshore for a solution. The boat is currently equipped with the original 4 spreader aluminum mast, although that spar underwent a major refit in Italy in 2007. At that time the mast was converted from a masthead configuration to a fractional configuration and outfitted with a Romar Leisure Furl boom.
The current owner is very happy with the furling boom and enjoys the ease of that when sailing shorthanded with his family. However when racing would like a setup which offers a little more performance. Offshore has worked closely with the owner, his crew, and the Sparkman Stephens office to optimize a new rig package which will achieve both. A new carbon fiber mast will be crucial to achieving both, but the real magic will be in the ability to easily switch between cruising mode with the furling boom and racing mode using a new carbon boom Offshore will supply. While swapping booms sounds easy it is a big design challenge and on which the Offshore engineers have come up with a concept for a removable furling ramp which will allow for a proper racing main. In addition to the dual boom setup the new mast will also be taller, but remain fractional, to the return the sail area to the original design numbers after the refit, this should help with the yachts light air performance.