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Not trying to be smart here, just curious -- what's the benefit of tapering the spar?

No worries. The reasons are Weight, windage, aesthetics.
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No worries. The reasons are Weight, windage, aesthetics.
OK, (again, I'm not trying to be a smartass) do the benefits outweigh the dangers?

Seems to me taking a chance on weakening your mast would wiegh heavily in the risk column, with minimal additions (weight and windage) in the benefits column.
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No worries. I won't do it if it is dangerous.

I will gather up as much information as possible prior to cutting and welding. ...kind of why I posted the topic here in the first place.
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No worries. I won't do it if it is dangerous.

I will gather up as much information as possible prior to cutting and welding. ...kind of why I posted the topic here in the first place.
You may want to ask over on Brion Toss' forum. My buddy Chris' brother is one of the riggers at Lyman Morse and even they chose not to taper his new spar. They ordered it tapered from the factory and had it shipped across country then painted it at LM.

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