I was just speaking to a friend on your side of the pond and the topic got onto steel masts. For a normal 34foot cruising cutter. My reaction was "You must mean an alloy mast"....only to be told that the aluminium mast is what he is planning to sell off in order to finance some of the work on his boat (Again, my reaction was; "???") and then buy a cheaper steel mast.
I do not think I have ever seen one of those in Australia (well, not except on a freighter). What is the deal with these? Do they actually work? how well?
I am decidedly confuzzled on this topic.