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Old 04-14-2017, 04:56 PM
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Unstayed Carbon Mast - Small Boat

I'm looking for my next project.
Current candidates:
Bufflehead sailing canoe
Melonseed.

I am looking for manufacturers of relatively short unstayed carbon masts. Probably 20' or less.

Anyone have a suggestion? Or two?

So far I don't want to build my own.

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Old 04-14-2017, 06:14 PM
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Forte-and if you're nice they'll work with you to get the exact bend characteristics you want.

http://fortecarbon.com/
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:50 PM
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The Bufflehead sailing canoe offers some performance potential, though little storage capacity and the Mellonseed, displacement mode performance with considerably more storage. I recently built a Mellonseed, though don't see the need for a carbon mast, except for weight savings. The spars on the canoe are pretty small, why aren't you considering building your own? Even the relatively massive (comparatively) spars on the Mellonseed came out light in spruce on my build. The full up weight of the birdsmouth, freestanding Mellonseed rig was about 15 pounds (gaff, boom and mast).
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:32 PM
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PAR,

I'm just interested in what it takes to put carbon on a boat.
The Bufflehead is inherently limited due to minimal beam, the Mellonseed appears to be somewhat limited due to low freeboard.

I could easily build in birdsmouth and probably be happy with either boat.

I'm also thinking about a small tri (17') and have a Tornado rig I might use. The real negative for me is that the rigged aluminum mast weighs about 60# which was a load to throw up when I was 30.
In spite of working with composite on aircraft parts, I really don't have a feel for the cost and performance benefits on a boat. Better, but more expensive is about my limited understanding.

So I might do carbon on a small scale just to see what it is like. Unless the sticker shock is too bad.

Any comments on the Mellonseed build?
Any personal knowledge of vendors for the carbon mast?
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Old 04-15-2017, 01:00 AM
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For a mast roughly the same size as a Tornado rig, probably less than $1000 difference between a carbon and aluminium mast.

Fwiw a new A-Cat mast at 9m runs $3,000 for the stick.
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Old 04-15-2017, 01:59 AM
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Right now I'm just interested in the small unstayed mast category.

The Tornado mast was just an example of why I'm interested.
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:31 AM
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Could you adapt one of RS's rigs?

http://www.rssailing.com/uploads/fil...pdf?1393581338
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:49 PM
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Possibly.
Somebody must make these.
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:24 AM
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I may be wrong,but I think RS makes its own masts.
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:18 AM
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Selfbuilding a carbon mast? http://uk-cherub.org/doku.php/tech/masts
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:08 PM
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You could cut down a used sailboard mast. Choose the end that has the flexibility characteristics you want.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:22 PM
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I really was looking to buy something appropriate.

First post: "So far I don't want to build my own."
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