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Re: [bolger] Pegleg Mast

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  • Rick Bedard
    Ah, that photo clarifies. So the mast snapped right at the core to core + staved transition. Now I get it. Mark s photo made that a bit unclear to me. Thank
    Message 1 of 12 , Sep 30, 2012
      Ah, that photo clarifies. So the mast snapped right at the core to core + staved transition. Now I get it. Mark's photo made that a bit unclear to me.

      Thank you John for filling in what my failing memory couldn't, and adding what I didn't know..
      The 20 lbs was a typo, I meant 30, that would have been the bare mast. I never weighed it all rigged.

      With hindsight, instead of your wedges I should have used longer staves down to the heel. I think my reason at the time was less restricted access to the bow cubby.  Now I see that as a mistake. But then, where would it have failed? My guess is either ripped out the mast step or an explosion of toothpick sized splinters....

      No matter, Mark must be on the water by now.

      All in all, quite a life for a little quick and dirty built boat that was intended to last a year or two!

      Sail on....


      --- On Sat, 9/29/12, John Kohnen <jhkohnen@...> wrote:

      From: John Kohnen <jhkohnen@...>
      Subject: Re: [bolger] Pegleg Mast
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 6:02 PM

      Here is a poor picture showing the original construction of Sage's mast:


      The bottom of the partners is maybe 1/2" above the bottom of the 
      birdsmouth part when the mast is in place.

      I put the wedges and fiberglass on after discovering that crack. I figured 
      the abrupt transition from the birdsmouth to the pegleg caused a stress 
      concentration, and that the mast bending above the partners caused the 
      pegleg to pry at the end of the birdsmouth part, perhaps causing the 
      crack. I was right about the stress concentration, because when Mark 
      abused the mast it broke cleanly right at the transition from the pegleg 
      to the birdsmouth. But you're right, Rick, the mast might never have 
      failed from just wind pressure. You and I both tested it good before I did 
      the repair. I added the wedges and fiberglass mainly to ease my mind. ;o)

      Sage's mast weighs a bit over 30 lb. maybe 32 lb.? You gave me that 
      figure, Rick. I never weighed it. It's light for its length, but even 
      though you made the heel heavy, I couldn't back up far enough in the cabin 
      to get to the balance point. But it wasn't very hard to raise or lower 
      once I got the hang of it. Being able to stand inside the cabin and walk 
      the mast up without any risk of falling over sure was nice! :o)

      You built a Good Boat, Rick. And Jim M sure designed a good one too. :o)

      On Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:57:23 -0700, Rick B wrote:

      > My two cents folks,
      > What everyone needs to keep in mind on this repair is how the mast was 
      > built, where it broke and how it broke, -- at a very unusual manor and 
      > location.
      > As the guy who built it a dozen year ago,, what I can say is;It is a 
      > hollow birdsmouth mast, but it is cored with solid doug fir (same plank 
      > as what the staves came from)  from the heel to about 2 feet above the 
      > partners....
      > Still, I seem to recall it as a very light spar (could it have been 20 
      > lbs naked?)
      > The fiberglass banding was done by John, I'm unsure as to why? The 
      > vertical separation is ?? between two staves?? and how deep??? (I don't 
      > know). but it is above the failure area.
      > ...

      John (jkohnen@...)
      The most persistent threat to freedom, to the rights of
      Americans, is fear. (George Meany)


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