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) 350 requires one BU 350 bushing, and has an outside diameter of 3 3/4 in. (95mm), an inner diameter of 3 1/2 in. (89mm), and is available in 16' to 20' tapered sections.
TP52, OP50 and SC50 sailors make spinnaker poles or prods out of these tubes by using Forespar UXP-350 FP304053 or Forespar UXP-300 FP304052 end fittings.