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    Do you know anyone who can make an 80 ft mast in USA ,Canada or anywhere in the world ,thank you

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    Brasker masten, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands.
    https://www.braskermasten.nl/home

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    thanks

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    Leo from tally ho is getting his spars made in the PNW. Check his latest vid.

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    The main masts on Gannon & Benjamin's schooners Rebecca and Juno must be pushing that size. Give them a call about how they made them.

    The rig will affect how you engineer the sticks.

    And get Ernie Gann's "Song of the Sirens". He has a great description of new spars for Albatross being turned on a huge lathe at a flagpole company. A tale.

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    I'm sure iron Rieff Boatbuilders in Brooklin could do it. They built a 73 foot schooner.

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    thanks guys

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    Myles Thurlow. I believe he works out of Martha's Vineyard.

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    I can't actually help.

    But 80'? That's a lot of mast, I'm trying to figure out the logistics on a 30' mast I'd like to build soon and that is proving tough enough!
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    These guys https://www.woodspars.com/ in the Morbihan (France) are wooden spars specialists - they can go up to 30 metres.

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    The folks at Gray's Harbor Seaport, in Aberdeen Washington, have a huge spar lathe for doing spars for the two tall ships they own.
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    Down in the SOF there is a yard (Think the guy is Scottish) who built the 134ft (?) mast for one of the classics (J?) there was an article in ClassicBoat on it, about 12yrs ago.
    I spoke to them at the time, but memory a bit vague.
    It was built as a box with two layers in Sitka spruce. Glue was a 'modified melamine' which he said was a urea formaldehyde from Germany. It showed up best in the accelerated lab aging tests.
    I will scratch my head on who and where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew2 View Post
    Down in the SOF there is a yard (Think the guy is Scottish) who built the 134ft (?) mast for one of the classics (J?) there was an article in ClassicBoat on it, about 12yrs ago.
    I spoke to them at the time, but memory a bit vague.
    It was built as a box with two layers in Sitka spruce. Glue was a 'modified melamine' which he said was a urea formaldehyde from Germany. It showed up best in the accelerated lab aging tests.
    I will scratch my head on who and where.
    A2
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    Thanks guys

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    Prob very much depends on where the boat is that needs it? Shipping might be $$.

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    Prob very much depends on where the boat is that needs it? Shipping might be $$.

    You'd almost certainly want a spar that size built as locally as possible.

    Here in the USA, it's too long to be shipped by truck. It could be shipped by rail on an 89-foot flat car (but you'll likely be paying for the entire flat car). And then you've got the problem of moving that 80 foot spar from rail yard to shipyard.
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    Little story...
    Friend re built his masts in my workshop in the Algarve. Main was 50ft... Now, to get them to the port was a bit tricky. So, we tied a little trailer to the main at half way. Then screwed a hitch to the foot.
    First light on Sunday, when the police were likely in bed or the coffee shop, set off. Car in front and another behind. Back roads to a place up river from the port. Then floated them down to the port. Did I mention that 10cm over hang was a finable offence? Let alone 25ft....
    All went well, apart from a Keep left sign that suffered from rear swing on the last turn.

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    Nothing to do with the topic of this thread but I did once hear the tale of a Merlin Rocket mast being moved by a couple of fellows who lashed it to the crossbars of their bikes.They weren't pushing the bikes either.

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    Peter, where are you located? Shipping a mast can be difficult because they are considered to be a bit delicate. Also it is nice to be able to be able to discuss the build in person, especially a hollow mast as the mast is coming together. There are quite a few folks that can build a mast that size but there isn't much call. You might be able to get an expert to travel to your site and work with your local yard.

    Shipping depends on method, if you were located East Coast US and had a mast built by Brasser in Einkhausen NL it could be shipped safely by boat. The longest standard trailer here in the US is 48 foot long, so you would have to go with a "heavy" hauler or specialty company which would add a lot of expense.

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    I know that a number of years ago French and Webb in Belfast, ME built a huge wooden spar. I don't know if they will take on this kind of project these days.

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    thanks guys, i can make them ,but i may not have time

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    Call Buzzard's Bay Yacht Services. They have made several. Excellent craftsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemsteraak View Post
    Peter, where are you located? Shipping a mast can be difficult because they are considered to be a bit delicate. Also it is nice to be able to be able to discuss the build in person, especially a hollow mast as the mast is coming together. There are quite a few folks that can build a mast that size but there isn't much call. You might be able to get an expert to travel to your site and work with your local yard.

    Shipping depends on method, if you were located East Coast US and had a mast built by Brasser in Einkhausen NL it could be shipped safely by boat. The longest standard trailer here in the US is 48 foot long, so you would have to go with a "heavy" hauler or specialty company which would add a lot of expense.
    Dunno what the regs are, but I know of two 45 ft. boats trucked along with their 70 ft. masts from Detroit to Maine fairly recently--didn't seem to be a problem.

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    Yes, specialty carriers are certainly a good option but usually more expensive, but in the days of the Internet, you might be able to get a deal. My point is that sometimes it is less expensive to bring in the talent and materials than to move the finished product. I was amazed to watch a traditional hollow Dutch sailing "barge" mast built in about three days. What took the time was for them to build and place all the hardware.

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