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mast repair

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Comment Wall

Comment by Randall S Anselmo on May 17, 2011 at 6:10am
Trailerability was a big plus in our decision to acquire a T26.  We can cruise New England in the summer, Florida in the winter, and hop to other waters with little difficulty.  Also, we save on storage costs when she's not in the water by keeping her in our yard on the trailer.
Comment by paul anderson on May 17, 2011 at 11:37am
so you fellas would agree that the t26 is a goldilocks boat,not too big and not too small? Randal if you were building from scratch is there anything you would build on yours now with the hindsight of sailing this model for a while now?
Comment by Scott Williams on May 17, 2011 at 12:32pm
I still think the Tiki 26 is just right for me.  A boat could always be bigger when on the water: better speed, sea-keeping, stowage, load-carrying and accommodations would all be nice.  But when you balance all that against maintenance and the cost to keep it in a marina, plus the ease or difficulty of moving the whole boat or individual hulls on land, not to mention the initial build time and cost, the Tiki 26 falls into what is about ideal for me.  Big enough to be seaworthy and adequately comfortable - small enough to be affordable and portable.
Comment by Randall S Anselmo on May 17, 2011 at 8:04pm
@Paul:  By way of disclosure, I've only sailed my T26 on a single cruise this past winter, but I intentionally held back on modifications when I was restoring her in order to get a better sense of what I might want to change about her after some real time on the water.  That being said, if I were building anew, I would definitely beef up the keel protection as has been extensively discussed on this forum, and as you have keenly addressed.  I don't know that there's one right way to do it, but it seems like there are several good options that make good sense.  My boat also has the in-cockpit motor well built to plans, but I plan to add fairings on the insides of the opening to prevent the frequent wave splashback into the cockpit.  I would also seriously consider adding a little more mast height to make room for some type of sun shade over at least the aft section of the cockpit.  This would, of course, alter the dynamics of the boat, so I would want to do a good bit of research and bend the ears of some engineering types and sailmakers so as not to adversely affect the otherwise great stability.  Those are thoughts off the top of my head, but I'm sure you have read Scott's blog inside and out (and if you haven't, you must).  He's clearly done a great deal of thinking about appropriate modifications and applied them both skillfully and judiciously.  I plan to follow his lead on many of them.  If I think of any more, I'll send 'em your way.  P.S. where are you in Oz?  I lived in Ararat, Vic for a year.
Comment by paul anderson on May 18, 2011 at 4:14am
Randal i am presently living on the sunshinecoast in queensland .but i was born in south africa and came out to oz about 7 years ago.man i can only dream of sailing at the moment,the mast extension would be an interesting way to get more height for a shelter,but as you say i would definitely check out the engineering and ratios of such a move.you are right about scotts blog the mans work is exceptional and i can just be green with envy at his quality of work.
Comment by Duncan Clausen on May 18, 2011 at 7:18pm

Hi Paul. For the t30 I built (in South Africa) I used a 10m rather than a 9m mast, but the diameter was 150mm rather than 140mm and was 4mm wall 6061-T6 aluminium, which was the closest die size I could find. I had Hulett Aluminium extrude the mast for me (and 6 others as minimum order was 250 kg - but fortunately I was able to sell the other mast sections). I obviously has to change the Gaff throat dimensions to suit and the stays had to be longer, but it worked really well. The beauty of the design is you can raise the sail to what ever height you want, so it is easy to set the sails at the same height as per the design. And remember you will be putting in a reef or 2 in stronger winds anyway which will lower the centre of effort.

In the back of the T26 Building Instructions (A4 booklet) there is a section on builders questions, James does cover the issue of masts extensions by saying "You can extend the mast simply with the use of an aluminium sleeve or you can extend the mast by scarfing on a timber extension, which is more in-keeping." He also sells how-to drawings for GBP 10.00 + P&P.

By how much are you thinking of extending your mast by? Remember that a longer mast is a little more difficult to raise and lower, and also to find space on the trailer for. The mast lengths for the Tiki range is based on the hull length for this reason. So this is something to consider if you are planning on a lot of trailer sailing (as I am).


I hope my ramblings help you. By the way where in SA did you move from? I was in Durban.


Comment by paul anderson on May 19, 2011 at 3:19am

duncan the mast extension is something on Randals mind,i doubt if i will go down that route as i plan to keep it as standard as possible.the reason for this being as i intend to do some long offshore voyages.but your insights into this is enlighting and is most welcome.by reading between the lines i gather you have an engineering backround? after  doing the conscription in s.a i lived in somerset west.

cheers paul.

Comment by Rogerio Martin on May 19, 2011 at 11:04am

Hello Duncan, I'm interested in this aluminum mast. How much was yours? I'm doing a Tiki 30 and am in the beginning. See http://tikirio.blogspot.com

I'm in Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town here is easy to transport by ship. Can you help me?

Comment by Duncan Clausen on May 19, 2011 at 5:49pm
Hi Rogerio, off the top of my head the mast blank worked out to be about R1500.00 , but that was in 2002, so prices will be very different now. The other problem as I mentioned previously was the minimum order was 250 kg (which is the same here in New Zealand) so you end up with a lot of "extra" masts. I then had an aluminium foot and head made up. I also welded tangs onto the head and used D-shackles to attach the stays (but there is no reason that these could not have been made from wood). The gaff also had to be modified to accommodate the slightly fatter mast. The mast blanks were also X-rayed to ensure that they were free of any cracks or other defects.
Comment by Duncan Clausen on May 19, 2011 at 5:58pm
Hi Paul - sorry maybe  should have directed that comment to Randal. Life is a lot simpler (and safer) if you stick to the plans. And yes.


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