Thanks guys for chiming in on the mast lengths, appreciated.
The question became redundant, though, *THANKS* to GONG.....
Which leads me to the fact that, while I obviously hope the foil will live up to the hype (I don't have any reason to doubt that), their (specifically: Jaime's) customer service is really SUB-PAR....
When I placed my order, I explicitly stated on the order comment that they should wait sending out individual parts of my order (They say on their website that the catch 4.4 is on backorder until Oct. 23, the 65 cm Mast until mid Sep, so I was aware of that.)
Reason for having 1 delivery is that I need to pay custom handling fees for each and every parcel where I live, and these fees are almost USD 40.-
Then, on the same day when I had placed the order, I started to think about getting the full carbon foil with the 100cm mast.
I immediately called Gong - nobody picking up the phone. Tried another 3 times during the day, without success. Wrote an email asking to change the order, and requesting final price.
Eventually, the day after, Jaime (sales rep) got back to me via email, saying changing orders was not possible, without further explanations.
I replied to him, asked him in a friendly way if he preferred that I cancel the order, got a refund, and then re-order.
He got back to me later that day saying that in the old times, he did change orders, but now it would be easiest to just cancel and re-order.
OK, so that's what I was going to do.....
Only that I had time to look at Jaime's reply in the evening after work..... and I learned that in the meantime, they had - 30 minutes! after Jaime messaged me - partially shipped my order, making it it factually impossible to cancel....... In full neglect of my instructions!
Needless to say I was underwhelmed, and I wrote to gong, pointing out my instructions in the order and my conversation with Jaime.
GOOD: Yvoline, the lady from logistics, came back, offering a polite apology.
BAD: Not one polite or apologetic word from Jaime, on the contrary... Just a defensive statement that he had told me before that it was not possible to change an order. Not a word about our conversation to cancel the order, not a word about neglecting my explicit instructions, not an apology about creating 'fait acompli' with shipping partially.
Don't deal with Jaime. Even if you don't speak French, use Google translate, and reach out to the French speaking crew at Gong. They are ways more professional and friendly.