Sails, Masts & Gear (Commercial & DIY Sites)

Listings are generally in alphabetical order. Comments in quotes are from manufacturers' sites or from members. The appearance of any link here does not imply JRA endorsement.

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

Black bear boating and leisure are a main distributor of 'Nature's Head' composting toilets throughout the EU. Run by JRA member Pete Johnson, their contact details are:

Tel: 01205 760014

Mobile: 07904446306



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!" It is produced in Sweden by Separett, who have some other options on their website.

The Little House Company sells urine separating toilet components, including glittery separators, in the UK and an economical urine separating unit for DIY is also available from we-pee.

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.)

Humanure Compost Toilet System Instruction Manual by Joseph Jenkins. Download as PDF - (44Kb)

Member Shemaya Laurel has a DIY separating composting head.

U.S.Coast Guard Report - Series Drogue - "Investigation of The Use of Drogues To Improve The Safety of Sailing Vessels" (Statement, Table of Contents, List of Illustrations.) 

In Lin & Larry Pardeys' archives there's a  note on Series drogue retrieval - Can They Work Like Para-anchors?  

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.

Click here for Oceanbrake Series Drogues.

Drogues - DIY
David Lynn, of Nine of Cups , writes a voluminous and detailed technical article on DIY series drogues suitable for various boats.

Sailrite Series Drogue Kits 
are available for different boat sizes.

Series Drogue Construction - Make Your Own Series Drogue Sea Anchor YouTube video.  (DIYers may want to jot down dimensions at the beginning of the vid. Drogues vary in line size and cone number; cones always remain the same size. - Ed.)

Wally Bryant has a detailed DIY Jordan-style series drogue project with good pictures and text. 

Epoxy Resins

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."

Black bear boating and leisure have been suppliers of MAS epoxies since 2000, and distribute throughout the EU. Run by JRA member Pete Johnson, their contact details are:

Tel: 01205 760014

Mobile: 07904446306




RAKA Inc. -
 A full line of epoxy resins, fiberglass cloths, fiberglass tapes, Kevlar, carbon, marine paints. Small shop=low overhead. Located in Ft. Pierc
e, Florida. Telephone 772-489-4070 or email:

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."

West Systems describe their epoxy mix ratios here.

The Flag Company - 'The Flag Company, Inc. carries the largest supply of flags on the web. Our expansive inventory includes all types of the American flagstate flagscountry flags, and even pirate flags. If you're looking for flags of the world, we have every country.' They also do flagpoles in aluminimu or fibreglass - look in the  Flagpole Pages

Folding Dinghies - Commercial
K-2 Stowaway - 'The versatile family sailing dinghy.' 

Porta-Bote - '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
The Barquito folding dinghy - A folding dinghy/rowboat from the gang at Duckworks Magazine.

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.

Wooden Widget has plans for the Origami, a 6' or 8' folding dinghy; Stasha, a nesting dinghy, and Deckster, a hard dink stowable around the mast.

Foul Weather Gear
Grundens is 'The Professional Choice in Foulweather Gear since 1926' - Grundens USA, LTD  •  PO Box 2068  •  Poulsbo, WA 98370  •  800.323.7327  

LED Lights - DIY

Bebi Electronics -  Savusavu, Fiji - Affordable and reliable LEDs for the do-it-yourselfer.


Hot Wire is Bebi's USA distributor.

iPad Gear
GPSCITY and RAM Mounting Systems for iPad mounting systems.

Try Googling 'waterproof iPad mounts'.

Mast Database
JRA members Daniel Collins, Mark Thomasson and Annie Hill have compiled a mast specifications database from data members entered in their membership profiles. You can download this Excel spreadsheet here. Of course any database is only as good as the data entered into it. Daniel, Mark and Annie did their best, but neither they nor the JRA can warrant its accuracy.

Masts - Alloy
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: - Ask for Ian Schmidt 

Canada (Toronto)
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)
Netherlands (Utrecht)
Nedal Aluminum - sells a wide variety of extrusions and 'lighting columns' (tapered poles.). The 'Boulevard' model is suitable for mast-making.

Peter Scandling reported (August 2013) that "Lighting Supplies in Sterling can supply an 11.6 m aluminium tapered pole for £450, 200 mm at the base and 76 mm at the top, wall thickness 3.3 mm all the way up."

Paul Fay reported (August 2013) that "... street lamp post manufacturer Fabricat who are in Nottingham make tapered lamp posts and are happy to alter them for use as masts. The masts on our Ti Gitu were made by them and although it took a while for them to be processed through their system the end results are great. Nice taper - additional straight section at the base - hot dip galvanised and then painted. We are really pleased with them. If you need any more info my number is on the Fay Marine website"

Roger Taylor used the firm below when sourcing the masts for Mingming II:

The Aluminium Lighting Company Ltd
Croeserw Industrial Estate
Eastern Avenue
SA13 3PB

Telephone: 01639 852502
Fax: 01639 852263
Masts - Carbon Fibre

Several members have converted Freedom hulls to junk in order to take advantage of their masts being in the right places, thus avoiding a conversion that may otherwise intrude into or compromise the accomodation. As Freedoms' carbon fibre masts age they have been known to develop 'circumferential cracking in the exterior surface'. This article by the former chief engineer of Freedom mast builds. He explains how to check for these, if a fix is necessary, and if so how to do it. The article is also freely downloadable from

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 latterly 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 or at The Corn Barn, Shotley Hall Barns, Church Walk, Shotley, Ipswich, IP9 1DN, UK, Tel +44 (0) 1473 788790.

Michael Kasten is a yacht designer who is keen on junk rig: 

Rig Design Database
Our database of boats which have been rigged or converted to junk rig, compiled by Georg Warnecke and updated by Alan Boswell, can be found here. If you know of any boat missing from this list, please let Alan, or the webmatser, or both know so that we can keep this list up to date.


Sailrite - Sailcloth, Sunbrella, tapes, sewing machines, notions.

Rochford Supply is a t
extile and marine fabric and upholstery superstore. Products include Oddysey III
Topyssey and Top Gun.

Listings are generally in alphabetical order. Comments in quotes are from manufacturers' sites or from members. The appearance of any link here does not imply JRA endorsement.



Sebastian Hentschel Segelmacherei Tuchwerkstatt

Salinenstraße 20      

17489 Greifswald



Sebastian'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


Unit 1, Topsham Units, Dart Business Park, TOPSHAM, UK EX3 0QH

From 5/9/2013

Tel: +44 (0)1392 876109 or from 5/9/2013 01392 874449

Email:  or from 5/9/2013


Dabbler Sails Sole proprietorship with experience of making junk sails.

Dabbler Sails
PO Box 235
Wicomico Church, VA 22579
ph/fax 804 580 8723

Tad Roberts, says member Daniel Collins, is "an excellent and deeply knowledgeable 'junkie' with many talents including boat and sail design." Tad designed the rig for Dan's Aletheina, our Boat of the Month August 2013.

Traveller Systems (Sheets)

One of our members (Roy Denton) made such an impression on Barton Marine re replacing the sheet traveller systems on his Freedom Ying Zhou's junk conversion. Good to hear of a company taking a real interest.

Windvane Self-steering
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'

John S Letcher jr books were available for download from the site until it was replaced, and can still (Feb 2018) be found on web archive.

       " ...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in junk-rigged boats" 
                                                               - the Chinese Water Rat

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