Users' questions

Where are Selden masts made?

Where are Selden masts made?

All Seldén’s carbon masts, both furling and conventional, are manufactured at its facility in Gosport using its unique computer-controlled mandrel filament winding technique.

How do I identify my Selden mast?

Since 1992 we have engraved a unique code into the mast section. We call it the mast ID number and you find it at the lower end of the aluminium section. This number tells us when your mast was built and what parts were used all the way down to nuts and bolts.

How much is a carbon fiber mast?

Price for a Carbon fiber mast ranges from $975 for a mizzen to $2,250 for a large mast.

Why do sailboats have booms?

In sailing, a boom is a spar (pole), along the foot of a fore and aft rigged sail,[1] that greatly improves control of the angle and shape of the sail. The primary action of the boom is to keep the foot flatter when the sail angle is away from the centerline of the boat.

What is a ship spar?

A spar is a pole of wood, metal or lightweight materials such as carbon fibre used in the rigging of a sailing vessel to carry or support its sail. These include yards, booms, and masts, which serve both to deploy sail and resist compressive and bending forces, as well as the bowsprit and spinnaker pole.

How tight should sailboat rigging be?

They should be tight enough that when you push or pull on them, they don’t want to jiggle around too much. If they feel loose or floppy, you need to tighten them further. Once the cap shrouds are set, the rest of the shrouds simply follow in sequential order with none of them being tighter than the cap shrouds.

How much lighter is a carbon mast?

Carbon fiber spars are around 50% lighter and considerably stronger than traditional aluminum masts. The result is increased speed, and the lighter mast also gives the boat a lower centre of gravity and so heeling and pitching is reduced.

What does the vang do on a sailboat?

The vang allows vertical adjustment of the boom, and is an extremely important tool to shape the main for speed. Tension the vang to tighten the leech, flatten the sail and bend the mast. Cruisers use the vang to keep the boom from rising when sailing downwind and abraiding the main.

Why is a boom called a boom?

The word “boom” is the Dutch word for tree. German is similar: “baum.” Remember “O Tannenbaum,” a Christmas carol of German origin? From these roots, we get the word “beam” as in a long wooden timber, and of course, a part of a sailboat, the “boom,” that holds the foot of the sail and was traditionally made of wood.