View Full Version : Questions about wood: bobsherry
09-14-2009, 12:59 PM
I'm bit ashamed to admit it but I have a fiberglass hall I'm reviving, a 17' er that I intend to rig as a gaff cutter. I will make all the spars in wood, the mast in boxed plywood, but solid wood for the booms and the gaff. My question: What is the best wood for that use? The main boom will be 11', the gaff, 6' and the staysail boom 5'.
Second question: Can I use mahogany for a bowsprit or will the sun eat it?
Thirdly: Know a source for a track that can be fastened to the mast?
09-14-2009, 02:44 PM
Welcome to the Forum!
Best to go to the USER CP link in the upper left of this page and add your location to your profile -- otherwise you'll have to keep telling us where you live.
Also be as specific as possible -- what make/design of FG boat are you re-rigging? What sort of experience, budget, transportation, storage, etc?
I've never heard of a plywood mast, boxed or otherwise -- is this common in your part of the world? From my experience Doug Fir is the best inexpensive spar material, Spruce the best overall for strength/weight ratio but costlier.
You can use mahogany for the bowsprit, just cover it with a good UV-rated varnish if you are worried about sun damage.
09-14-2009, 05:08 PM
A plywood mast. That's a new one. Wouldn't half the wood be oriented the wrong way and provide no strength, just extra weight?
09-15-2009, 07:37 AM
I forsee a delaminated plywood mast in the not too distant future.
If you live in the northeast USA look for Black Spruce at a local lumber yard for all of your spars. It closely resembles Sitka Spruce, and is very inexpensive.
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