Our sailboat, 'Jocara' was dismasted last year in the Indian Ocean while on an environmental expedition, on the way back to Singapore. Everyone survived without injury, and we got the boat back to Singapore in more or less one piece, but now we have to find ways to step a new rig. Rolly Tasker in Phuket had initially indicated that they would be prepared to offer a very competitive package, but it now looks as though their plans to have a mast extrusion facility in Malaysia have fallen through and they are not yet ready to guarantee delivery from their new supplier in China.
I am looking for a 17.9m aluminium mast (around. 0.25 x 0.2m cross section, 4-5 mm wall thickness, about 10 kg/m) with twin spreaders and a boom of around 6.5m. Jocara is of 25 tonnes displacement, 15.6m length on deck with 2m bowsprit and carries 180 sq. m of sail when fully canvassed with 130% Genoa, main and staysail. Does anyone know of a mast that might be available close to these specs? I'm thinking that someone could have one after the Tsunami in 2004 that would be good to see back in service so at least something of the boat would go to good use. Alternatively, if anyone has good contacts in a mast building or extrusion company, can you let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
? We are operating on a tight budget and the repairs are going to be frighteningly expensive... but I also know that I can't afford to fit cheap equipment, if you know what I mean. We are engaged in environmental research, education and public outreach (http://www.jocara.net
) and have manged to raise some sponsorship before, so we'd be keen to work with companies who might be interested in what we can offer them for a deal on a mast, too.
I need to get the mast to Singapore, Langkawi in Malaysia or Phuket in Thailand depending on which is most convenient and keeps the cost down.
John and family