Nice! Thanks. Now I have a goal. Since I can’t post a vid, I clipped a picture of Small Axe when my buddy had her lit up. It was about a 20+ kt gust, with pretty smooth water (we are in a small bay) and he was generally beam reaching.
According to my GPS app I hit 11 knots, but it was 1-2’ waves and I was basically running or deep broad reach. I took some green waves over the bow and damn near pitch poled!
But later, in more protected water my buddy was beam reaching and looked to go maybe 13-14 knots? I shot some video...
Can’t speak for New London, but if you do sail to close to military areas you aren’t supposed to here in the PNW, you will be accosted, in a not very friendly way. These guys and gals take their orders seriously, no matter what you look like.
Yeah, I sail on Port Townsend Bay which is bordered by Naval Magazine Indian Island. It’s where a lot of ordnance is stored for various naval campaigns. If you sail too close you may find yourself on the wrong end of a 50 caliber. We just use common sense and give it a good offing.
Here is a company that has a 12’ 2” diameter mahogany dowel for $77. It might be the same or more to ship. It’s also the wrong diameter and too short. You might call them because they will know the most about this. In the meantime I will, when I get a chance, ask a sawyer I know who cuts...
Poplar is easier to come by but not used as a marine lumber. But if you can get that easily and can find a straight piece, as long as it is sealed up with varnish and you keep an eye on it, it COULD work. It does often have a green hue to it and is mostly considered a paint grade wood.
Good luck. What is the diameter and length of the spar? I am in Port Townsend, WA, which is a wooden boat hotbed. I also sold marine lumber and plywood for 7 years for a place called Edensaw Woods. I can check around here.
It would affect the flex pattern. It might be tough to find clear Sitka spruce in Michigan and expensive to ship from the PNW. I think there are some areas in Michigan that have a wooden boat culture. If any are worth driving to you might reach out to some shipwrights there to see if they...
Maybe clean up the break, scarf (not sure what ratio but maybe 12:1) and then wrap that area in glass tape? Not sure you would have the length you need after cleaning up the break though.
What type of wood is it? A type of mahogany or Sitka spruce or ash?
I doubt it will kill you. Conn College and USCGA sail there. I’ve taken the ferry to Block Island from there (years ago) and don’t remember anything too crazy. I’d just stay far away from the submarine yards.