Masts for a 60ft Junk Project wanted

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  • 02 Feb 2018 09:04
    Message # 5714091


    I am looking for 3 masts for a 60ft steel yacht. 

    Main mast: 45ft/13.8m approx

    Fwd mast: 35ft/10.7m approx

    Miz mast: 26ft/8m approx

    At the moment i am unsure of material to be used so i will look at all until i decide.

    I may be interested in anything else that may be of use to me?

    Please call 07450-463318

  • 02 Feb 2018 09:12
    Reply # 5714107 on 5714091
  • 02 Feb 2018 19:50
    Reply # 5714904 on 5714091

    And this would be mine!!

    Last modified: 02 Feb 2018 19:53 | Anonymous member
  • 03 Feb 2018 12:26
    Reply # 5715864 on 5714091

    Thanks for the help guys!

    I reckon the steel may be a viable option :) but, wood always wins hands down when it comes to aesthetics!

  • 23 Feb 2018 15:03
    Reply # 5873846 on 5714091

    What about this idea?

  • 20 Mar 2018 05:00
    Reply # 5988438 on 5714091

    I'm thinking about re-doing my masts. The shrouds on my three masts chafes whenever the boom is eased out to +45 degrees. The raked foremast is the worst. The curve of the sails at the top of the mast starts to rub. I read in Chasing the Dragon's Tail that Tin Hau had short spreaders on the mast top to alleviate this chafing. 

    But it would be nice to be free standing. This will eliminate the shroud chafing. Also, sailing downwind, the sails can be properly squared out. My front sails are always unsettled on a dead down run because the mizzen blankets the other two sails.

    Maybe I can truncate the mast at the middle, and weld in a tapered conical steel mast extension (just to reduce weight on top; my current masts are un-tapered). Also, for added strength, insert a wooden plug, like Simon Foster did on page 23 of issue 75 Newsletter. Then I can say goodbye to the shrouds.

    We're heading to Indonesia next year, and want to do this in Malaysia or Thailand. Anybody have suggestions on getting steel poles and wooden masts?


  • 14 May 2018 23:02
    Reply # 6174630 on 5714091

    Check out the links above mate

  • 14 May 2018 23:05
    Reply # 6174694 on 5714904
    Annie Hill wrote:

    And this would be mine!!


    Could i build my masts using the same method you and Pete used when building Badgers masts?

    If so, could you tell me how you did it?


  • 14 May 2018 23:46
    Reply # 6175626 on 5714091

    If you have access to utube search for... Emerald steel.   If you are lucky or clever you will find a video about how they built a new wooden mast for the boat.  The interesting bit is they build it on the boat while on a mooring. Not my personal preference but worth a look.

  • 19 May 2018 00:26
    Reply # 6243026 on 6174694
    Could i build my masts using the same method you and Pete used when building Badgers masts?

    If so, could you tell me how you did it?


    Sorry, Trevor, I meant to reply sooner, but your posting slipped down and I overlooked it. 

    I would have thought that you could easily build your masts like we made ours.  We used, basically, 6x2 Douglas Fir and epoxy.  UK douglas fir, which we picked over.  Because they were laminated, the odd knot wasn't an issue.  We got the basic size and then roughly cut them to shape. At the partners, we just glued on offcuts from the top of the masts until it was fat enough.  Then we did the usual of octagon, sixteen sides and then round.  Square below the partners.  We routed a groove down the side for the tricolour light and even fitted lightning conductors.  Then we glassed the mast with - I think- two layers of woven rovings, just to provide a hard, slippery surface, not to add strength.  Coated them with epoxy and then a coat or two slightly thickened with silica - even harder and fills the weave a bit faster.  Sanded.  Painted with the two-part polyurethane of your choice. As far as I know they are still around and have never needed anything more than a repaint.  They were heavy, but it didn't really seem to be an issue, and Badger was only moderate displacement.

    I can scan some photos if you need them.

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