mast hoops

by JR Reynolds
(Great Salt Lake, Utah)

I am restoring an early 1970's Catboat that I believe is a Sturdee Cat.

I am wanting to convert the gaff rigged sail from the existing line around the mast to hoops.

Where is the best information available for me to build my own?



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Making Mast Hoops
by: Brian

Use a steam box (PVC pipe) and a jig or a plywood moulding wheel to bend them around

Use Ash (flitch cut not 1/4 sawn), Oak can be used.

As an alternative to steaming you could try soaking the wood overnight in water with glycerine and dish washing liquid.

The final shaping can be done when they are formed and dry.

Using screws and nuts instead of riveting will allow them to be removable.

The hoops can be spiralled from thin strips so that they can be put on the mast like a key ring and then fastened together with rivets or bolts.

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