Re: Mast for oar and sail Dory- Went for Sitka Spruce, bought Doug Fir
My dory skiff mast is two DF 2x4's epoxied together, then shaped roughly to the same dimensions. I left the mast unfinished for the first sail, so it was no problem to remove a bit more wood before finishing it. Since my sail is an old Sabot sail modified to robands, and I fly a big jib, I had the glue line and wide part of the oval run fore and aft, with the thin parts of the oval to the sides. It still bends forward and spoils the sail shape a bit, so what they say about stays above may be an option for you if you have that problem with current or future sail types.
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