Sails, Masts & Gear (Commercial & DIY Sites)
Listings are generally in alphabetical order. Comments in quotes are from manufacturers' sites or from members.
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Boats For Sale
Apollo Duck is a worldwide website on which junk rigged boats can be found.
Sunbird Marine Brokerage is Robin Blain's specialist junk rig boat sales site.
Composting Heads - Commercial
Air Head Dry Toilet -
'A workable system for small to medium sized boats, giving even pocket cruisers the independence of a large vessel.'
Nature's Head - Marine
'This composting toilet is completely self-contained, and can safely be used while cruising as well as in anchorages and in marinas. This is a no-hassle solution to a long-standing problem for cruisers, for racers, and for weekend boaters. Designed specifically for the tough marine environment, this unit will stand up to years of trouble-free service.' - USCG Certified
Composting Heads - DIY
Ecovita Privy Kit
- For a DIY composting head. "The Privy Kit, a urine-diverter that makes constructing your own composting toilet or improving an existing latrine easy!"
The Humanure Handbook
- "The Humanure Handbook is our best-selling title! Over 40,000 sold in the U.S alone. Third edition published September 2005, 255 pages, 19 photos, 42 tables and charts, 55 drawings, indexed. ISBN 978-0-9644258-3-5." Download the E-book
for only $10 (paypal and credit cars accepted.)
Drogues - Commercial
The Jordan Series Drogue 'is a safety device designed to prevent the capsize and damage of both monohull and multihull sailing yachts and other vessels operating in the open ocean, in the event of a 'worst case' breaking wave strike, as well as improving the motion of the boat in storm waves and to reduce drift.' Click here for a pdf about it, and here for a letter from Donald Jordan explaining load factors.
Drogues - DIY
UK Epoxy Resins -
"Epoxy Resin from a UK company our aim is to supply you the boat builder with the highest quality "epoxy resin" at the lowest price supplying both professional and amateur builders with our own manufacture 2 to 1 ratio epoxy resin system for all applications."
RAKA Inc. - A full line of epoxy resins, fiberglass cloths, fiberglass tapes, Kevlar, carbon, marine paints. Small shop=low overhead. Located in
Ft. Pierce, Florida. Telephone 772-489-4070 or email: email@example.com
FGCI - Fiberglass Coatings Inc. -
"Fiberglass Coatings, Inc. offers a wide array of products such as abrasives, acrylics, adhesives, caulks, catalysts, epoxies, fiberglass, fillers, foams, gelcoats, polyesters, putties, reinforcements, releases, solvents, tools and much more. Products are available in many sizes and quantities. We also do custom color matches of gelcoats."
Folding Dinghies - Commercial
'The World's Most Portable boat. Over 90,000 in use worldwide.'
ShoreBase features a Prout Puffin
, a semi-collapsible dinghy.
Seahopper from Wellington, Somerset UK is 'the world's no.1 foldaway sailing and rowing boat!'
Folding Dinghies - DIY
Craft a Craft's Flapdoodle -
is a 'no-nonsense rigid hardwood and ply 8 foot folding classic dinghy designed as a sail boat with a centerboard/daggerboard and flip-up rudder'.
The Micro folding dinghy
is one of Matt Layden's early folding dinghies; 1/4" (6mm) plywood, cloth hinges, vinyl ends. The site had offsets and sketches.
has plans for the Origami
, a 6' or 8' folding dinghy; Stasha
, a nesting dinghy, and Deckster
, a hard dink stowable around the mast.
is 'The Professional Choice in Foulweather Gear since 1926' - Grundens USA, LTD • PO Box 2068 • Poulsbo, WA 98370 • 800.323.7327
LED Bulbs - DIY
- Savusavu, Fiji - Affordable and reliable LEDs for the do-it-yourselfer.
Try Googling 'waterproof iPad mounts' - pulls up sites like this.
Masts - Alloy - Tapered
Australia (Welland, South Australia)
Federation Flags & Flagpoles -
"We spin taper our flagpoles with state of the art machinery, designed and built in-house. We also heat treat the alumuinum poles in-house. This means that we have complete control over the manufacturing process, which enables us to guarantee the quality of the product as well as maintain the shortest possible manufacturing lead times for special orders." SEE: Flagpoles
and Decorative Lamp Posts
(Heavy on PR, very light on specifics. - Ed.)
Telephone: +61 8 8346 5655 (24 hours)
Facsimile: +61 8 8346 9503
Mobile: 0412 44 5043
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org -
Ask for Ian Schmidt
Flagpoles can be purchased through Ewing Flagpole
. 'Ewing offers a complete line of flagpoles, banner poles, nautical poles and specialty poles fabricated from aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel, bronze and fiberglass materials – designed by professional engineers and fabricated by expert craftsmen in our modern plant facilities.'
Valmont - 'Leader français dans le domaine de l’Eclairage Public et fort de 30 années d’expérience, Valmont France est le fabricant de mobilier urbain doté d'outils industriels à la pointe de la technologie, d'hommes de métier et d'un vrai savoir-faire reconnu dans le monde entier. (Complètement en Français. Débrouillez vous vous-même - Le Edituer des Links)
- sells a wide variety of extrusions and 'lighting columns' (tapered poles.). The 'Boulevard' model is suitable for mast-making.
Masts - Fibreglass - Tapered
American Flag Poles - "Benefits of fiberglass flag poles are exceptional strength, lightweight, capable of withstanding wind speeds of up to 120 mph (unflagged). Excellent in salt water and lake areas, virtually maintenance free!"
Masts - Spartite Equivalent
A Generic Spartite equivalent - Wally Bryant of s/v Stella Blue describes a mast re-sealing job in exhaustive detail using a lcost-effective solution.
Rig Conversions and Designs
Alan Boswell of Boswell YachtDesign, the designer behind Sunbird Yachts and Sunbird Marine Services and lattery head of design for Oyster Marine is returning to the freelance life. Alan has designed over 250 junk rigs for conversions of existing boats. Contact boswellyachtdesign.com or at The Corn Barn, Shotley Hall Barns, Church Walk, Shotley, Ipswich, IP9 1DN, UK, Tel +44 (0) 1473 788790.
Robin Blain, Sunbird Marine Services
373 Hunts Pond Road, Titchfield, FAREHAM, Hants, PO14 4PB, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1329 842613 / Fax:+44 (0)1329 315232 / Email
Michael Kasten is a yacht designer who is keen on junk rig:
Michele Stevens Sailloft Ltd. - - 4th Generation Sailmaker; Makers of Mainsail for Famous Bluenose II
1602 Second Peninsula Road
Box 507, Lunenburg, NS Canada B0J 2C0
Sebastian Hentschel Segelmacherei Tuchwerkstatt
Sebnastian's site now has a section in English. Sebastian speaks and writes English well. He and his mate Nora are known for their grand JR Sloop Peregrine.
Chris Scanes Sails and Canvas
10 Topsham Quay, Topsham, EXETER, Devon, EX3 0AJ
Tel: +44 (0)1392 877527 / Fax: +44 (0)1392 876258
Dabbler Sails Sole proprietorship with experience of making junk sails.
PO Box 235
Wicomico Church, VA 22579
ph/fax 804 580 8723
The Cape Horn windvane from Cape Horn Marine Products
The Monitor windvane is from Scanmar International
Flemmings' mechanical self-steering is from here.
Hydrovane's windvane site is here
Windpilot's servo pendulum self-steering gear fits most transoms. The site includes a free download of 'SELF-STEERING UNDER SAIL - Autopilots and Wind-steering Systems by Peter Christian Förthmann'