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I would guess that the reason there aren't more tapered masts is that it is much much easier (hence cheaper) to manufacture a straight piece of tubing. I'm not even remotely a naval engineer, but tapered masts make sense to me.
Thanks, I agree with the tapered mast having windage and weight advantages over a non-tapered mast. What I'm wondering about is whether the desirability to save weight and windage in a racing application might have longer term issues on durability over time for something that will be sailed for more miles and not near a tow boat. Granted, lots of what ifs. But my crusing kitty wants to know!
The rod vs wire rigging question has a few different threads already at SN.
That is how I came to my conclusions and I very much appreciate SN for that info. I've tried to keep us focused...
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