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Mast hoops- general rule of thumb?


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I am building the kit Duke William 1773-1768 (cutter). I am told that it should have mast hoops but none were included in the kit. I have been poking around and found a general rule of thumb is; the hoops should be about 25% larger in diameter than the mast. I have ordered some of this size, but I have been unable to find out any further guide lines such as the number of hoops to use or particulars as to their installation.

 

Googling hasn't turned up much so far (perhaps I am using the wrong search terms). If somebody could point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. :)   I would at least like to use a reasonable number of hoops, even if I have to guess at how they are attached.

 

Thanks,

Skip

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According to Chapelle, on page 555 of his book, “The American Fishing Schooner 1825 – 1935” he says, “Mast hoops [were] spaced 24” to 36” apart, depending on the size of the vessel, sailmakers choice”.  He then gives examples such as Effie M. Morrissey fore mast 16, main 17 and Blue Nose fore mast 16, main 19.  Hope this helps.

 

Bob

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