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....

Oars

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.

Flag poles

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.

Projects

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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Wing Sing

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With so many products these days coming out of China, it was a surprise to get the commission for the supply of a new main mast for the 53ft ‘Wing Sing’, a replica Chinese Sailing Junk. Designed on the traditional boats that were once common sight in the old harbours of Hong Kong, the 3 masts and tan coloured junk sails look like a step back in time.

Privately owned yet used for corporate occasions and charter, Wing Sing, was currently in the final stage of a complete re-fit in Hong Kong, when serious rot was discovered in the main mast making a replacement the only practical option. At 47’ overall and 9” in diameter producing a replica spar presented no foreseeable problem, but getting it to Hong Kong however was going to be more of a challenge.

Looking at a container for shipping, it was soon established that the common 45’ container has an internal maximum length of 44’5-5/8”. Although a little extra length could be obtained by positioning the spar diagonally, it still was not quite enough to feasibly make it fit. Therefore an alternative solution had to be found, and the focus was then moved to the top of the spar. Although in the past Junk rigs were commonly unstayed, Wing Sing had been fitted with shrouds that were taken to the main halyard band at 44’ above base. With the top 3’ of the spar only supporting a service sheave and provisions for the burgee, it was decided to make this part removable in order that it could be shipped at 44’ with the final 3’ attached once safely in Hong Kong.

Although the original spar was grown, the replacement was made in laminated clear Columbian Pine glued extensively with Aerodux 500 leaving a suitable hollowing for the running of internal wiring. Taking into account the high humidity together with damage from the sun not to mention the chafe from the Junk’s battens, the varnish system had to be carefully chosen to suit, as
a traditional varnish simply wouldn’t last. After consultation with Marineware in Southampton, eight coats of SP Eposeal was applied to fully saturate and coat the surface timber, and after leaving the spar outside for 10 days to allow full cure and for all the solvents to disperse, 4 coats of Epifanes PU was applied over the top. This way, should the exterior 2 pack varnish be damaged, the Eposeal will protect the spar from blackening due to the deep penetration into the surface of the wood fibres. Having used the system in the past on XOD masts, even with complete lack of care the spars continue to look like new after a number of seasons use.
With the varnish complete, container booked and packing about to start, a call from the owner informed us that they forgot to specify the mast needed to be stained to match the colour of the other spars on board. Very apologetic it was requested we removed all the layers of varnish that had just been beautifully applied and then stain the spar to match a sample, which was speedily Fedexed to us. Before reapplying the complete varnish system all over again. A costly mistake, but at the end of the day a satisfied customer who I’m sure in future will remember to ask his wife’s opinion on the colour of all new purchases from now on.