"Hi Matt, like you, I am not a naval architect. I would be very careful making changes to the shroud positions from the original designs. Worst case scenario, you get the loads on the mast and shrouds wrong, you loose the mast during a big blow and…"
"Hmmm, cheap is cheap for a reason, and "glass" is not necessarily better, it sure would be heavier. I'd rather have a young, very well built ply/epoxy boat like this one, built by Gunter, with all new gear and engines. Seems $75K is a…"
"I'm pretty sure they just missed changing the gaff dimension when they repurposed the Tiki 21 rigging plan. You'll also need to draw out the gaff to reflect the 3-1/2" mast diameter. Also, much easier to do as a bent lamination than…"
"Wow, what a glaring mistake in the H17 plans: Sail head is 6'6"/1970mm, and the gaff is specified as 4'11"/1500mm. Maybe they meant to write 6'11", which would be 83"/2100mm, and close to your recommendation of…"
"Thanks Omar, that heads-up on the gaff length is worth a beer, I owe you! I shall check the plans against the Rolly Tasker sail info. Nice effort on your mast, look good. 13Kg finished weight is awesome, just what I needed to know. Did you built the…"
"Well, my Hitia 17 mast was built to plan with two exceptions. It was constructed from Douglas Fir using birds mouth construction and it has an 18" extension x 2-1/2' diameter, because it's gaff rigged. Finished weight is about 29…"
Hi, I have recently purchased Hitia 17 plans #398. I am looking at the options for an aluminium mast as here in Australia, aluminium tube is quite cheap (wood/glass/epoxy would be more expensive, plus a lot more work). The H17 plans have the OD of the mast at 90mm/3.5" and per the Wharram FAQ, the wall thickness should be 1/8" or 3.175mm.Problem is that I cannot find any tube at 90mm, only at 80mm or at 100mm OD, both at 3mm wall thickness, in 6060 T5. The 80mm weighs in at 12.7Kg and the…See More