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Old 01-10-2015, 11:31   #31
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Keep watching ebay!

As an example, this rig from a 2008 Catalina 350 sold for just $1.50....yup, less than two dollars. It was complete with rigid vang, boom, radar and main sail. Catalina 350 MKII 2008 in Mast Furling Mainsail Mast Boom Vang | eBay

There seems to be set-ups like this a few times a year.

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chris95040, have you been to the Rhodes Reliant site, managed by Ben Stavis ? He has been an owner since early 60s.
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That number came from Klacko spars. It was even (roughly) itemized. Its a 3/16" wall thickness, 9.65" x 5.9" section. I have heard numbers like $20000 from riggers.

That's what sistership owners tell me! Regarding consulting an NA, I think thats wise, but again, I'm guided by plans from Phil Rhodes which include both the aluminum and the spruce rigs.



Because I want to hemorrhage money!!

I'm definitely exploring the used mast option. Got a few salvagers looking into it for me, and I'll check out ebay. The problem for me is when the mast is "*about* your length requirement": If its too short, thats no good. I don't want to redo my sail plan. If its too long, I'll have to relocate the spreaders after cutting it to size, possibly.

And if its used, I won't get that warm and fuzzy this-thing-is-bulletproof feeling.

But I'm definitely checking out whats out there.


Thanks for all the help, everyone! All these contributions are great.
Too short obviously is no good... but too long, and all you'll have to do is some parts relocation, mostly goose and vang... spreader height can be fluid if compensated for...

Throw this over on Spartalk... Brion will run your stability and stick requirements for a couple hours charge if you don't get all your answers for free!

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Call Rodney at LeFiell. Get a new aluminum stick built to your boat's specs. To save money, use your existing rigging and wood boom until you save up some more boat bucks and replace them a piece at a time. A used stick sounds like an option unless you have to have new standing rigging made to match the used stick. Then you would have to pay thousands of dollars for new rigging for a used stick that wasn't designed for your boat.
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... i like my spruce masts and booms, yes, hollow box with reinforcement blocks handily located, as they are repairable easily.
they do not suffer corrrosion nor electrolysis nor lignting attraction...
Lightning will be attracted to anything more conductive than air - including wood.
The high resistance and moisture content of a wooden mast can cause it to split open if it is forced to become the conductor in a lightning strike.
Hence, with a wooden mast there should be a separate down-conductor, a #4 AWG or larger tinned, copper, wire running down the mast, from the air terminal to the immersed grounding plate.
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What's to worry about a wood spar and lightning?....
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chris95040, have you been to the Rhodes Reliant site, managed by Ben Stavis ? He has been an owner since early 60s.
Yep - Ben's a great guy, and a great resource!
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