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) J24 requires one BU 150-225 bushing, and has an outside diameter of 2 1/2 in (64mm), an inner diameter of 2 1/4 in (57mm).
J/24 and other similarly-sized racing boats with center point lift spinnaker poles, make spinnaker poles out of these tubes by using Ronstan RFPNP168 and Forespar UXP-150 FP304054/Proctor end fittings.