As a result of successful testing the VLA has purchased a quantity of, ILCA class legal, Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethelene material than can be applied to Laser mast bottom sections to prevent scoring of the mast at deck level and wear to the hull. The material is 50.8 Mil wide and .3 Mil thick and it is recommended that a 720 degree band be applied to the mast at deck level ( but not to exceed 10 Mil above deck level) and a further band be applied to the base of the mast. The material is adhesive backed.
The fixing of a protective collar is highly recommended for RADIAL bottom sections in order to minimise the possibility of failure at deck level.
Cut lengths of UHMW Polyethelene material can be purchased from the VLA Class Measurer (Nev Beeson) during the Mordialloc Sailing Club (MSC) Winter Series / VLA Development Training . Cost of Qty 2 Bands of material each providing for a 720 wrap is $ 20.