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01-29-2013 04:50 PM
RonRelyea
Re: Alum highway pole for mast

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Originally Posted by redline View Post
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) ...
01-28-2013 02:23 PM
SHNOOL
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.
01-28-2013 02:18 PM
SloopJonB
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.
01-28-2013 11:09 AM
SHNOOL
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.

01-28-2013 11:00 AM
svHyLyte
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.

FWIW...
01-28-2013 10:38 AM
redline
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.

(Not my boat, a friend's.)
01-28-2013 12:38 AM
rugosa
Re: Alum highway pole for mast

Nonsuch 22, 26, 30, 33, 36 all have unstayed pole-like masts.
01-27-2013 10:57 PM
okawbow
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.
01-27-2013 10:37 PM
jobberone
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.
01-27-2013 10:28 PM
bljones
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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