"tedjacobs" > wrote > Small price to pay for a lighter, stronger, less
obtrusive mast. Try going
> back to a standard diameter and it'll feel like you are sailing with a
> trunk out in front of you.
I debated (with myself) for a long time whether to go skinny last time I
bought masts. I went fat, but will reconsider the next time I buy masts. So
tell me, again, what we gain with skinnys. Their many fans are almost
fanatical, so I feel I must be missing out on something.
Weight? Some skinnys are heavier than my Powerex Super Waves, my most-used
masts are inherently light 12- and 13-footers anyway, and what's an ounce or
Stronger? Everyone agrees with that one, but I've never broken a modern mast
yet, I do very little sailing in shorebreak, and my masts are surf rated.
Less obtrusive? I touch my mast only when rigging, and my hands are
***-sized so I don't notice its size anyway.
Given those non-advantages (to me), my decision factors were their lesser
flotation (I spend a lot of time in the water, especially in deep lulls),
the hassles Pete's discussing, their non-availability in two-piece when I
bought mine, their length selection when I bought mine, and their price
matters somewhat (I buy a pile of masts at a time).
What am overlooking?