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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Order Process

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Unfortunately, many customers come to Collars when something has gone wrong, whether as a result of an accident, failure or simply neglect. Speaking to us about a new mast is not nearly as daunting as it might first appear. We aim to handle the whole process, but at the same time welcome as much input from the client as possible. Although a like for like replacement is often required, we need to establish why the original mast failed, and look at possible options to improve the spar, both in terms of construction, as well as the systems and fittings.

Getting the basic information to establish a formal written quotation is always the first step with all spars, and the link to our mast quotation page will guide you through the information we need. We have had dealings with most of the marine insurance companies and, although they all operate differently, dealing directly is not a problem, should they suggest this.

Once a quotation has been accepted, we then need to look carefully at the information. With our extensive drawing archive, we are sometimes able to work directly from the original drawing. However, more often than not, we may well ask for confirmation on some of the details. Take one of the simplest mast, a Drascombe Lugger, there are five different mast lengths, two different foot details, and two different top details that have come about over the years, so it’s worth checking.

If we don’t hold the drawing for the spar in question we would suggest getting the old spar back to our workshops to be used as a pattern. We can easily organise this, either on our own trailer or by carrier as a 3rd party collection. It does not matter if the spar is cut into smaller lengths for transport.

On all replacement spars we try and use as many of the existing fittings as possible, unless they are beyond serviceable use. When this is the case we would organise replacements, and all costs are forwarded to the client for approval.

We welcome visits from the client during production, if convenient for them and ideally, once the spar is finished, we would encourage a visit to sign off the work.