Question: Can you share some good information about a good wing mast design for my Crowther Buccaneer 24 trimaran?
Thanks for your enquiry. You're right that this info is not so easy to find. So we are inviting designers to submit their ideas to this site, and as they come in, I will review the various concepts presented.
You may have to be patient a few months but I do know of several designs out there and it's just a matter of collecting them together.
For liability reasons, designers are reluctant to share mast design very broadly, as they have no control over the loading, materials used or the quality of construction, which after all is all very important for a mast that is sometimes stressed near to its limit. But with the help of a liability disclaimer, I am hoping that relieved of failure risks, that the ideas will flow more freely. Check back later in this section.
Proposed mast design concepts can be emailed to Mike Waters.
Concept designers will be protected by liability disclaimer as noted below:
Because designers have little or no control over the quality of materials used, their integration or the workmanship applied, they can offer NO guarantee on the success of the final product even if nominally built as per plans for a similar application.
The designer cannot be held responsible for any failure or accident caused thereby and the builder/owner must accept that in working to these plans.
We can only state that this concept has been successfully used for one/few/several (delete as applicable) masts of the length and scantlings indicated but in practice, no two masts are identically loaded so it is highly recommended that a proper analysis is conducted before proceeding. Even then, for reasons already noted, the full responsibility for the mast and rig must rest totally with the owner/builder.
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