742Re: Question for John and Mrs. Atkins
- Aug 1, 2005--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Dolph" <jdewolfe@a...> wrote:
> Just the same these things existed, as I recall pipe bushings wereI think you're making too much of this. There is ample documentation
> used in the way of the spreaders so through bolts could be used to
> attach the spreaders and stays with out deforming the mast
> structure. I believe this was the high tech game until aluminum
> became commonly available. The "secrets" were guarded and it's these
> sort of engineering secrets that get lost as folks guard their
> interests right into the grave.
> Mike Dolph
out there. No doubt there is room for a lot of individual customization
as well. If you want internal halyards, go for it.
As in all things related to boats, the answer is usually, "It depends."
If you're talking about marconi main and jib halyards, running both of
those inside a hollow box spar is probably feasible. If you're talking
about a gaff sloop or cutter, there may not be room inside the mast for
all of the strings. I have been around a number of production boats
with aluminum spars and the halyards weren't always run inside the spar.
One more point: not only will a sealed wooden spar be less likely to
rot from the inside out, it will also be more buoyant in the event of a
The old ways still work. If I remember, I'll thumb through my books and
plans tonight and see what I can find.
In the Swamp.
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