Sails and Masts

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

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.  More recently, though, the company has said that they will no longer consider supplying light poles for use as masts in boats:

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. 

GENERAL FORUM - Discussions about masts

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.

       " ...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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