I like that idea and I was wonder what the specs would be for the mast tube so the right one is ordered?
These are OVERSIZED by length and ship directly from Connecticut. Ground in the continental USA is usually around $125 by truck.Costs almost as much for freight as for the mast.
Sunfish Masts use a 2 1/4" OD (.083" wall) Round Tube.
Get the right tube in the right length.... and it will work.
Dunno—like to. Check on the note, quoted below:I am in Florida. Is there a way that you could sell me one of those and ship it to me?
I'm in central New Hampshire. If you can wait until October, I can personally drive a ten-footer down through Florida's Route 27, in Central Florida. In the meantime, check on 1700 miles of "freight". This may be too much money for you; surely, there are local Florida metal suppliers with this in stock. You may have to buy two—or pay a surcharge for one 10-footer.This PVC pipe is a rigid container that will protect your fragile extrusions while in transit. We have found that long thin items have a very high rate of damage in transit when shipped in cardboard tubes or boxes via UPS, FedEx or USPS. If shipped by motor freight, the same items usually arrive safely but require a shipping charge of approximately $100. To avoid both excessive damage and extremely high shipping charges, we are requiring all 6-foot and 8-foot extrusions be shipped in long PVC tubes.
Yes, but it would be better if your present sail is already black (or gray) !I was able to find a metal supplier within 1 hour of my house that sells 6061-T6 aluminum. It is about $60 for a 12 foot piece of 2 1/4" OD, 0.083 thick. The only question that I have is that this aluminum is NOT anodized. Can I still use it?
Unless you want a lesson in the value of solar burning of your fingers, don't anodize to the color—BLACK!Anodizing isn't really all that hard to do yourself... and you get to pick the color. The main issue will be finding the "pan" to do it in for a piece that long. Anodizing and dyeing aluminum without battery acid...To not end up with a line down the tube you need to make conductive supports that hold the tube off the bottom, but maintain the electrical contact with the cathode. Note: the gooseneck will tend to scrape anodizing off over time. Just a fact of metal rubbing on metal.
That will not work at all. It'll bend like crazy.If you need to get sailing a 2 inch pvc pipe fits the mast hole better than a Sunfish mast. You would need to cap both ends and
go old-style with a pulley at the top of the mast. Should work well on the cheap until something better comes along.