Wood mast for sail rig

Posted by Darren on Oct 15, 2007


I haven't finished my Chesapeake 17 yet, but am quite interested in making the sailing rig to go with it, for two reasons: 1. a bit of speed and fun on lakes 2. stability as a fishing platform, so I can stand up to cast a fly line.

Any comments on the second point welcome, but my main question is:

Would a wooden mast be parctical - apart from looking better: weight of the mast, strength, etc? Has anyone built one? Solid wood, laminated, hollow/bird's mouth?

Interested in opinions or thoughs of anyone who's built it.

Thanks in advance, Darren Melbourne, Australia