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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

Really... thinking to much weight up top and you want some flex.
This is why wooden masts were/are built from Sitka Spruce,
light and flexible as are todays modern Aluminum spars.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

Be careful using some of the newer wooden poles. The new FIOS wires may not hold up to the stress when tensioned as a backstay. But, i do like the rigidity of the pre-positioned foot pegs though.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

not an engineer but I've read that to get the same strength the diameter of a wooden mast would be considerably bigger than aluminum and would weigh a lot more per meter.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

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not an engineer but I've read that to get the same strength the diameter of a wooden mast would be considerably bigger than aluminum and would weigh a lot more per meter
I would tend to agree. Would it have the necessary flexibility though?
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Joshua, the boat that Bernard Moitessier sailed in the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo round the world race had masts that were telephone poles. Wooden, of course.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

It's not hard to find a mast being sold for scrap value if you look around, especially with the number of damaged boats and parts filtering onto the market now. Given a choice between buying a mast at scrap value or a lamppost at scrap value, i'll take the mast- all the hard work has been done, all the shroud and stay tangs are there, no sail track installation needed, etc.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

I just read it and wondered. I don't know about wooden masts so I can't answer the question about flexibility. Apparently some people are buying new light poles which are cheaper due the the very high volume of production than masts. I haven't looked into it but the idea of buying a scrap mast that has good life left in it seems a good one.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

They would make good masts for a gaff schooner, although they have more taper than is normal for a wood spar. However, when I was rigging my schooner; the light poles were very expensive, and I made wood masts for much less.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

Nonsuch 22, 26, 30, 33, 36 all have unstayed pole-like masts.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

Hunter Vision 36 - the unstayed mast *was* an aluminum light pole, complete with a sleeve joint part-way up, very obvious as the taper was not continuous. So it can and has been done.

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