keeping mast costs down

keeping mast costs down

Post by Dave Crab » Tue, 18 Apr 1995 04:00:00


I've got to take the plunge and buy some decent
sails and masts this year.

I want to get a 5.0 RAF, 6.0 double cam and 7.5
triple. (At 185 lbs, I need some big sails for
10-14 knots). I've been told not to even consider
aluminum masts anymore, but Carbon seems
expensive.

I'm considering a two piece mast with different
tops (or bases). So that I would only need 3
pieces to handle the 5-7.5 range.

Is this practical??

What brands are good for standing up to a beating.
(I assume most new sails use Constant Curve flex)

(an intermediate sailor some of the way through
learning to Jibe and hoping to do some surf
sailing)

Dave crabbe
Burridge Campus
Nova Scotia, Can...

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Dave Crabbe
NSCC Burridge Campus
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

 
 
 

keeping mast costs down

Post by phane » Wed, 19 Apr 1995 04:00:00

: I've got to take the plunge and buy some decent
: sails and masts this year.

: I want to get a 5.0 RAF, 6.0 double cam and 7.5
: triple. (At 185 lbs, I need some big sails for
: 10-14 knots). I've been told not to even consider
: aluminum masts anymore, but Carbon seems
: expensive.

: I'm considering a two piece mast with different
: tops (or bases). So that I would only need 3
: pieces to handle the 5-7.5 range.

: Is this practical??

: What brands are good for standing up to a beating.
: (I assume most new sails use Constant Curve flex)

: (an intermediate sailor some of the way through
: learning to Jibe and hoping to do some surf
: sailing)

: Dave crabbe
: Burridge Campus
: Nova Scotia, Can...

I just switched to the North system that has interchangeable tops.  With
one base and two tops I can go from 460 to 480 cm.  The IMCS stays at 26.
I have had good success rigging from 5.0 to 7.5 with this system, but you
need to select sails that will fit well in terms of IMCS.

Regards,

Diego Dave
: +----------------------------
: Dave Crabbe
: NSCC Burridge Campus
: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada


 
 
 

keeping mast costs down

Post by Claudio Sou » Thu, 20 Apr 1995 04:00:00

: (an intermediate sailor some of the way through
: learning to Jibe and hoping to do some surf
: sailing)

: Dave crabbe
: Burridge Campus
: Nova Scotia, Can...

Quote:
>I just switched to the North system that has interchangeable tops.  With
>one base and two tops I can go from 460 to 480 cm.  The IMCS stays at
26.
>I have had good success rigging from 5.0 to 7.5 with this system, but
you
>need to select sails that will fit well in terms of IMCS.

>Regards,

>Diego Dave

I too consider myself and intermediate/advanced sailor and have found the
North Carbon Masts (Race Tech or Space Tech) to be excellent.  I rig
from a 6.6 to a 4.0 with a single base and two tops.  The North system
also allows you to choose different types of 'flex' tops.  Not cheap
but well worth it (damn light too).

Claudio
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada

 
 
 

keeping mast costs down

Post by GARY WO » Fri, 21 Apr 1995 04:00:00

Two peicers will always cost a little more.  I sail a NP Carbon wave one
peice for 3.5 and 4.5 in rough stuff, and it certainly seems to keep on
ticking...  They come in pretty dear compared to older epoxy costs,
tho'.
If you can live with a little extra weight (and less $$$), I also have
older NP P VGlass30.  This thing has seen the wars and has barely a mark
on it.  Mind you, my stuff doesn't go thru the wash cycle like it might
when ocean sailing.
I have one good light slalom mast (480) that I reserve for big sails
(6.0 - 7.0). Otherwise I use slightly heavier (and much cheaper)
models that are more bulletproof.
As for sails, as long as you ensure your masts are all similar bends and
stiffnesses, there should be not problem.