Forte applies 4-axis continuous fiber braiding over an aluminum mandrel to produce extremely durable and tough carbon fiber tubes. The interlocking fiber braid is wet-out with epoxy resin. The end result is a seamless braided tube with very precise compression or bending characteristics.
Forte builds its parts to specific lengths and weights, and may be straight gauge or tapered. The FCT (Forte Carbon Tube) 225 requires a BU200-250 bushing and has an outside diameter of 2 3/4 in. (70mm), an inner diameter of 2 1/2 in. (64mm), and a maximum length of 12'6 in..
J/29, Olson 30, and Tartan 10 sailors create spinnaker poles out of these tubes by using Forespar UTR-200 FP304060 and Forespar UXP-200 FP304051 end fittings.