Is bamboo a good choice for small boat spars? As a professional designer I can’t specify bamboo because of a huge variation in density, wall thickness and diameter. However I can recommend some guidelines for bamboo for the Oz Goose to help with experiments.
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What we have learned by sailing and racing the sixteen (now 27 as of last weekend) Oz Geese in the Philippines. Some money saving simplifications and some tweaks that will give a lot more performance to most lug rigged (and other boats). There is nothing unusual in these methods, just a translation of regular racing practice in more conventional boats. Don’t scoff – you can say “I’m a cruiser” – but there are times when everyone wants or needs to get upwind 10 or 20 percent faster.
The plans for the various Goose versions show timber spars. Some have contacted me asking about using aluminium tubing. I do like the timber spars because they look nice. But you can save a bit of weight on the yard by using an alloy tube. Brad Hickman did all the work on this and with […]