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Mast weight

Hello. Brand new here and looking for some opinions.

Many years ago at my house, a used sailboat mast was acquired to mount a short-wave radio antenna high in the sky. It needs to come down and I'd like to get some idea of how heavy it is and, thus, how many people will be needed.

Here is the relevant information.

It's about 35 feet tall, aluminum, hollow, tear-drop shaped (or pear-shaped, or like an airplane wing). It measures 6 inches across. The narrow end of the tear-drop is 1 inch. Maximum fatness of the tear-drop I would guess is maybe 3 inches. It's been in place for about 35 years and was acquired used, so there are no modern materials.

I'm just looking for ballpark guesses as to how much weight I'm dealing with.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Mast weight

2.5-3.5 lbs per foot
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Re: Mast weight

200-300#, if not less.
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Re: Mast weight

We should do a pool on it. My guess is 87lbs. Based on the Dwyer DM-560 section at 2.26 lbs/ft +10%
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Re: Mast weight

I have a 35' mast for my boat and I believe it to be a couple hundred pounds but not certain on that.
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Re: Mast weight

My mast is close to 40' and I can lift it my self, so around 200#
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Re: Mast weight

I'd say less than 150 lbs.
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Re: Mast weight

I have a 38' mast and was working on it last spring. I had to move it from one set of saw horses to another and as long as I got the balance point right I could move it by myself. Obviously being vertical on a roof is a different story. But I can say that the weight isn't going to be an issue at all. It is more of an issue about awkwardness of its' size.
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Re: Mast weight

It's going to weigh about 80lbs plus whatever may be mounted on it such as winches, matshead, blocks etc.
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Re: Mast weight

Don't understand the concern about weight here...
just invite a few friends over for a keg of beer, have your chain saw
all gassed up, bet your buddies that they can't bring down that
sucker between your neighbors house and new car. Betta wait for
a dark night with a thunderstorm brewing so that no one will see you!

My estimate is no more than 140 lbs.
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