[ Show ]
Support VoyForums
[ Shrink ]
VoyForums Announcement: Programming and providing support for this service has been a labor of love since 1997. We are one of the few services online who values our users' privacy, and have never sold your information. We have even fought hard to defend your privacy in legal cases; however, we've done it with almost no financial support -- paying out of pocket to continue providing the service. Due to the issues imposed on us by advertisers, we also stopped hosting most ads on the forums many years ago. We hope you appreciate our efforts.

Show your support by donating any amount. (Note: We are still technically a for-profit company, so your contribution is not tax-deductible.) PayPal Acct: Feedback:

Donate to VoyForums (PayPal):

Thu, May 19 2022, 02:33Login ] [ Contact Forum Admin ] [ Main index ] [ Post a new message ] [ Search | Check update time | Archives: 123456[7]8910 ]

[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]

Date Posted: - Saturday - 03/24/07 - 10:52am
Author: Steve M-32 Pyxis
Subject: mast material
In reply to: bryan 's message, "Building new mast' for a 31 ketch" on - Friday - 03/23/07 - 11:21pm

I haven't examined the mast on my boat that closely yet but the best material would be Sitka Spruce. The masts look like they are hollow box sections. The hard part is cutting the taper towards the top. There are numerous books on the subject, just about any older boat building manual would have the info. Technically it's not that hard but unless you're used to working with large projects in wood it can get away from you pretty easily especially during glue up. Having lots of surgical tubing on hand to act as band clamps will help a lot as will several friends.

[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]


[> [> Aluminum -- Will M31 Salvia, - Tuesday - 03/27/07 - 4:09pm

From my other post:
Go with aluminum masts - you should be able to pick up some salvage masts and booms that will work - call around to local boatyards to get leads. You will not regret it. You will save yourself lots of weight aloft and maintenance headaches. Salvia has aluminum masts and it is a significant upgrade...

My main mast and boom came from a salvage Newport 28.

C'mon folks - tell me I'm crazy!!

[ Edit | View ]

[> [> [> wood masts -- Steve M-32 Pyxis, - Tuesday - 03/27/07 - 6:06pm

I wouldn't call aluminum a "significant upgrade". There really is nothing wrong with wood masts, they just require a higher level of skill to build and hence are more expensive than aluminum ones. They have no fatigue and are more easily repairable than metal plus you don't have the problems with galvanic corrosion. With wood you do have to look out for rot and paint or varnish them but as long as maintenance is kept up I'd say it's probably a wash with our boats.

[ Edit | View ]

[> [> [> [> Virtues -- Will M31 Salvia, - Wednesday - 03/28/07 - 12:10pm

I like wood but I don't like varnishing or painting it. It also adds weight aloft.

[ Edit | View ]

[ Contact Forum Admin ]

Forum timezone: GMT-5
VF Version: 3.00b, ConfDB:
Before posting please read our privacy policy.
VoyForums(tm) is a Free Service from Voyager Info-Systems.
Copyright © 1998-2019 Voyager Info-Systems. All Rights Reserved.