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  • jeff
    I just posted this on the Michalak group but pertains to this thread too. ******************** My first mast for the Frolic2 was one of those projects that no
    Message 1 of 2 , May 15, 2003
      I just posted this on the Michalak group but pertains to this thread too.

      My first mast for the Frolic2 was one of those projects that no matter how
      much I planed, sanded, and cursed, it never looked round. Long story short
      is that I ended up with a mast entirely too small so I wrapped it full
      length in a spiral with 3", 9oz glass tape, edge to edge with no overlap and
      epoxied it all in place. After sanding you'd never know it by looking at

      The first time out we had a good wind and I watched the mast flex over 3
      feet at the top without snapping. Scared me enough to cut a new mast but it
      was unbelievable how much it could bend. Talk about changing the handling
      characteristics of a boat when the sail moves 3' off center! LOL


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Lincoln Ross" <lincolnr@...>
      To: <pateson@...>; <bolger@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 10:52 AM
      Subject: [bolger] Re: Cheap mastsMessage

      > Glass is so elastic that if you didn't use some unidirectional
      > reinforcement it would probably act like a big wet noodle! But
      > unidirectional reinforcement is available, so I should think this would
      > work. Somewhere on the web is a little page about a composite mast made
      > at home, but I don't remember where. Perhaps it would even be practical
      > to use carbon, but now you may be talking too much money, I don't know.
      > I can say that in general woven cloth isn't very stiff compared to the
      > unidirectional stuff. And even with the uni stuff if there's some kind
      > of cross stitching it can make the layup much floppier. You still need
      > some fibers running around the mast to hold it's cross sectional shape
      > and to protect the inner fibers at the partners, etc. (I know of a
      > carbon reinforced mast that went down because it wasn't protected
      > there.) For these purposes I think maybe bidirectional or woven might be
      > acceptable. I guess what I'm saying is I'm sure if someone did their
      > homework this would be a good way to go. Might not even be harder to do
      > except for the design part. (Caveat: the only thing like this I've
      > actually made like this is a carbon tailboom for a model plane, though I
      > have been around boats and other composite things being laid up.)
      > >Pat wrote:
      > >snip
      > >Has anybody tried making a "Glass Mast" by spiral wrapping glass tape
      > >around a suitably sized and shaped core?
      > >Or, just spiral wrapping a "Cheap Wood" mast, with glass, to give it
      > >additional stength?
      > >
      > >Pat
      > >
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