Bespoke work away from masts and oars

With a proven pedigree in the world of wooden yacht masts and oars, our skills and knowledge have often been called upon within similar industries. As a glue-lam specialist and with the flexibility and facilities to take on a wide range of projects, diversification has become common place.

With the growing demand for traditional and sustainable materials within modern architecture, internal and external columns, both structural and cosmetic, have become regular work to satisfy this growing market. With the ability to turn almost any size of column from a variety of materials, there is little we cannot accommodate. 

The link below will highlight some of the bespoke projects we have undertaken over the years. 

The logical progression into wooden masts

Over the years Collars' spars have been used in Olympic competition, crossed all of the worlds Oceans, and can be found on nearly all wooden sparred production boats ever made. With a capacity of producing any wooden mast or spar up to 100' in length....


Having made our name in producing the finest quality wooden rowing oars for crews throughout the world, it is hardly surprising that we are still producing a comprehensive range today. At the lower end of the range are the standard wooden oars, offering quality and value for everyday use. Using the skills from three generations of the Collar family, a pair of Spruce spoon or skiff oars can be produced individually to the customer's requirements.


Whether looking to replace an historical flagpole, or raising a celebratory flag, our pedigree in producing the finest quality wooden masts for over 80 years makes Collars the obvious choice for making any flagpole. Using the finest quality timber available, our skilled craftsmen are able turn by hand, any size or configuration required. With our bespoke service, we will guide you throughout the complete process, from an initial consultation to erecting the finished product.


With a history dating back over 80 years, we have produced mast and spars for some of the most beautiful yachts in existence. Specialising in producing the finest quality yacht masts and spars, we pride ourselves on a personal, tailored service and maintain a close and constant contact with our customers. From the critical choice of timber to the final stages of smoothing and varnishing, a Collars product has over eighty years of experience and expertise put into it, making us the number one choice time and time again.

The following links are a small selection of the some of projects we have been proud to be part of in recent years.

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'Cometa' a classic Sparkman and Stephens Yawl



Originally launched in 1946 as COMET, this 52ft Sparkman & Stephens-designed yawl was restored and relaunched as COMETA in 2004.

COMET's design was influenced by her two predecessors: DORADE and STORMY WEATHER - with their Bermudan yawl rigs these designs were considered under-canvassed, but victories in the important ocean races signalled the end of the gaff era in ocean racing.

COMET was ordered on similar lines, by Chicago businessman and lawyer John P. Wilson, as a replacement for his Stephens-designed 6-metre of the same name. Work on the build was delayed by the war; work began in 1946 at the Henry C. Grebe Yard in Chicago. Fine workmanship and quality materials helped secure COMET's longevity.

Sold by Wilson's Estate on his death in 1960, she remained on the Great Lakes until 1977 when purchased by William A. Stout. In 1997, she was sold to Howard Park who took her on a 3-year circumnavigation.

COMET was subsequently transported to the UK, to the Gweek Quay Boatyard in Cornwall under the direction of David Walkey, with technical support from yacht designer Ed Burnett and aided by a team of extremely capable shipwrights, this vessel was restored into a class which is shared by only a few other yachts. The rebuild took 15 months and re-named COMETA she was relauched in June 2004 by Olin Stephens himself.

Cometa Sailing