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) 400 requires one BU 400 bushing.
Volvo 70 and OP60 sailors make spinnaker poles or prods out of these tubes by using Forespar UTS-400 FP304082 or Forespar UGPS-350 FP304022 end fittings.