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 Building a mast from epoxy and glass-roving

"Building an epoxy mast proved surprisingly easy and cheap. In case you are interested I'll tell you how we did it, saved a bundle and got a mast far stronger and lighter than normal masts. The method we choose was based on a PU-foam core. It is an easy and quick way of making one mast. If more than on mast has to be made than it is better to make a female or male mold. Masts can be made from either epoxy-glass or epoxy-carbon. Epoxy-glass gives a very flexible mast. This is advantageous for cruising as it takes the sting out of strong gusts of wind by bending in gusts. Carbon masts are more suitable for competitive sailing. As carbon masts bend less, the sails set better."
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 (Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

  


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