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Sorry to hear that you are having problems. I actually just finished my mast last week and it came out to the right dimensions after following the instructions. I can't comment on what the reduced diameter of yours would do for its strength. There are probably a lot of factors that come into play: wood species, epoxy type and curing, plus sailing conditions of course. That's tricky problem!! Good luck.
is not 25mm = 1" is not 1000 mm = 1m??
I think that's what I would do or leave it and not worry
dave tomlinson said:
Could you glass it. That would make it stronger as well as less maintenance and get it close to the right diameter.
If you built a mast to Wharram's design I'd say you have more than enough skill to glass it as well. So if you are worried about it, you can buy fiberglass or carbon fiber sleeves that are easy to apply and get a good finish. It's much easier than trying to wrap it with tape or apply pieces longitudinally and very much easier to get a good finish. With the sleeve, you just slide it on the mast, wet it out and once fully wetted, wrap it with plastic. I'd use a roll of plastic tape, maybe a few inches wide, wrap it tight and overlap it the whole way up. Once it's cured you will have a nice smooth finish ready for sanding and painting. Or you can just leave it....