I would like to build a wooden mast based on a birdsmouth mast construction and inclued an integral, internal bolt rope track.
To allow the sail to be hoisted similar to a commercial aluminum mast I have assumed I would need to make a similar shape - an open slot on the aft end which would retain a bolt rope.
To get the sail to slide I was thinking about some kind of tube embedded - aluminum or pvc slotted along the entire length.
Has anyone done such a thing or know of something similar?
I am assuming just a shaped wood slot coated with epoxy would have a lot of friction - hard to raise the sail.
Any help or comments would be appreciated.
The boat would be a small trimaran about 16', possibly starting with a kayak hull.