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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

Several years ago one of the Sailing Magazines, perhaps Cruising World, serially chronicled the completion of a bare hull--I believe a Cape George--by a young couple. They fitted the boat with a Gaff rig using an aluminum light pole as a mast that proved very satisfactory. Once completed they took off with their two small children on voyage of adventure/discovery. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the name of the yacht but I suspect one could come up with the article and their blog if one were determined enough with Google or one of the other search tools.

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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

Wow since we are talking THEORY only here... I think you should forgo the rigging, mast, and just take the chute approach... Way cheaper to implement, slightly limited on direction of sail (just a bit). I just think it's funny that they show this, like it's some kind of amazing invention.

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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

I think kite surfing a 40' around the world (or even around the bay) would get a tad tiring.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

I am thinking using a lightpole as a mast might be tiring to configure, but hey, you waste your time in the shop, or on the water... whichever works.

Used mast is probably the cheapest/quickest way to go and still get decent sailing.
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Re: Alum highway pole for mast

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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.

(Not my boat, a friend's.)
My Hunter Vision 32 has a mast that looks like a traffic light pole (don't know if the are manufactured the same though) ...
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