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Old 11-02-2015, 07:01   #31
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The question is/was genuine. I disagree with your statements, and I was asking for clarification of your position before I stated my case. No hate, or discontent intended however. Sorry that after several days, you feel that way. Maybe less coffee?

I've been on mooring balls and on anchor a few times when it's been blowing a stink and rockin n rollin. If the drag introduced by a dozen or so mast steps contributes much to the dynamics occurring at the time, I would be very surprised. And as to "bumping" and "breaking the anchor free", I would suggest that maybe there are other issues that may have been overlooked that would cause said "bumping", and "breaking the anchor free". Thanks for the explanation of heeling tendencies btw.

"Inefficient and dangerous"? Sigh...... No, sorry.....I need to get going this morning and don't wish to engage anymore than I already have.

No hate and discontent intended now, or earlier. You're wrong though and I don't want some new guy reading this and getting the same impression you have......cause like I said, you're wrong.
When I look at my mast and rigging, I wonder how much more windage could steps have than the standing and running rigging that is already there? I look at my neighbor's boat, the same length as mine, and my standing rigging seems to be about twice the diameter of his. Does that mean I have twice the windage of his boat already? I don't know.

I'd love to seem some mathematician give us the formula and tell us the real effect steps are likely to have from a wind resistance point of view. My suspicion, is that it is probably negligible.
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Re: Mast Steps/Stairs

Hilarious thread.

Only a few even tried to answer the OP's question. The rest used it as a personal opinion rant.

While I have my own opinion, if there was only one right answer to every question we would have only moderate fin keel sloops made from fiberglass. That does not serve your purpose? Bingo. Everyone wants something different from our boat, but mostly, we want a boat that we personally like. I'm guessing the OP likes mast steps.
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Hilarious thread.

Only a few even tried to answer the OP's question. The rest used it as a personal opinion rant.

While I have my own opinion, if there was only one right answer to every question we would have only moderate fin keel sloops made from fiberglass. That does not serve your purpose? Bingo. Everyone wants something different from our boat, but mostly, we want a boat that we personally like. I'm guessing the OP likes mast steps.

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I'm going to attach aluminum steps up each side of the mast. I have made and tested some of 1/8" x 1- 1/2" aluminum and they seem strong enough but I would like verification. Does anyone have experience building mast stairs/steps and will 1/8" x 1-1/2" be stiff enough or should I go with thicker metal? Thanks in advance.
I think it will be plenty strong enough.

I have no experience dealing with making mast steps.

I have no engineering or metallurgical background.

I think I like mast steps.

I have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express.
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I've been on mooring balls and on anchor a few times when it's been blowing a stink and rockin n rollin. If the drag introduced by a dozen or so mast steps contributes much to the dynamics occurring at the time, I would be very surprised. And as to "bumping" and "breaking the anchor free", I would suggest that maybe there are other issues that may have been overlooked that would cause said "bumping", and "breaking the anchor free". Thanks for the explanation of heeling tendencies btw.
What he said..............
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Thanks for the picture. Each of my steps will take about 20" of material. The aluminum (5052) I am using costs about $1/ft so making them is considerably cheaper and really pretty easy for me since I have a shop.
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I have no experience dealing with making mast steps.

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I think I like mast steps.

I have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express.
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