Who builds wood mast???

Hi All, I am looking at an old yawl but want to replace the aluminum mast with wood. Does anyone know who builds them these days??? Cheers.

Building Masts and buying used masts

You CAN actually build your own (hollow built up) mast. Where we're working on our schooner, Mahdee, there's a man who recently completed a mainmast for his yawl (45 foot boat, don't recall the mast length). There are some "tricks" but its not as hard as you might think. Having said that, here in southern California, there are a few wood boat yards who build wood masts--they're all pricy, though. You can also find wooden spars in decent shape from time to time. What lengths do you need?

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wooden masts

Where are you located? There are several folks in Essex, MA that build wooden masts, both solid and hollow.


Wooden Masts

A couple days ago I received an e-mail from some one who is in possession of wooden masts off a large boat (either a schooner or ketch) that are available. They are rectangulat in section. I will try to find the e-mail at home and post it. If I don't, feel free to e-mail me a reminder at editor@amschooner.org.


Wood Mast Craftsman

Suggest you contact Suzanne Leahy in Chatham MA. She runs a great wooden vessel, mast construction yard and uses the best materials, has a great affordable workforce and made the replacement of my mainmast a breeze (and resonable on the pocket). Suggest you visit www.marinerestoration.com.

Regarding my old spar (hit by lightning) - I am currently doing a repair and splicing in a new section for a fellow who just finished 3 years in Iraq to find a rotten mess when he came back - I am hoping he will get many years of service out of my old spar.

By the time things were done, building and rigging a new wood mast was about 10 percent more than a new aluminum spar. With the following advantages:

1. Did not have to modify deck partners or mast step.
2. Having been dismasted on aluminum mast rigged vessels and seeing rigging failures on wood spars (and the mast stayed in the vertical), I believe wood is safer.
3. Weight penalty was minimal - weight difference on the 55 foot spar was 52 pounds. Granted this is weight up high, but reasonable.
4. Its wood.

Shipping is easy for masts - get in touch with some boat shipping companies - they are pricy because there are so many one way trips - if you can work out something that you can ship the mast on a return empty trip you will save a bunch and they will love you for it.

Capt. Mike
USCG MASTER, Near Coastal, Sailing Endorsement