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Mast Quotation

A large percentage of the masts we produce are not for classes or One Designs, but are unique, one-off builds. The total flexibility in using wood, as opposed to alloy, appeals to the imaginative yacht designer as the traditionalist who would have none other. The craft vary from custom-built yachts constructed in large, commercial yards to dinghies built in the garden shed with the aid of a book and lots of enthusiasm. Modifications and improvements to existing designs are also very common, as well as easy to incorporate during the construction process.

If you are considering a replacement wooden spar and are not sure of the class, or perhaps like the concept of changing a sloop into a gaff that has taken your fancy, we will be able to help. To enable us to establish exactly what you require, we need some basic measurements and information so we can put together a specification on which to quote.


Please accept my sincere thanks for the outstanding way in which you and your team have met and exceeded expectations in every respect.
From all levels from the Managing Director to the Driver, Collar’s staff were professional punctilious and (above all) punctual. I wish other companies achieved the same standard.

John Hutchinson


Below is a list of questions that we will ask so, to help us to help you, consideration needs to be given to the following:

  • Class of boat/designer if known

  • Type of rig; fractional, gaff, sloop etc..

  • Material - Douglas Fir or Spruce

  • Length overall of spar

  • Section at base

  • Section at top

  • Fitting at top - sheave or button etc.

  • Fitting at base; keel, deck stepped tabernacle etc.

  • Main section - tapered, parallel etc.

  • External track or internal luff

Ironically, it is not so much the length of spar which is of most importance, but the section. Knowing the maximum diameter size of the spar will enable us to establish the most suitable construction method, as well as the number and size of all the component parts. Working within standard balks of timber is necessary and key to any costing. 

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