laminated mast- bend, layers, etc
I did a forum search and little came up here, I hope there are others here who have experience with this...
I am about to build a mast for my outrigger canoe, to attach a oceanic spritsail to. It will be 17 ft long. The plans give certain taper/diameter for solid wood, though they are not specific as to species. Some flex is desireable here. My question is, on a mast of approximately 2.5inch diameter, tapered, if I laminate it from multiple thin layers of fir, or from just two pieces of fir, or anything in between, will the scantlings remain the same?
I have read that more laminations make a stronger but more flexible part, yet most laminated masts I can find pictures of are laminated from just two layers, not from multiple ones. Is there a reason for this?
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