FOLD IT UP

Boating NZ - - Boat Bling -

Balpha Mast of Shet­land has de­vel­oped a fold­able mast sys­tem for sail­ing yachts that makes low­er­ing and rais­ing a mast while un­der­way easy. Air draught, rig­ging ad­just­ments, main­te­nance, re­pairs, win­ter stor­age and trans­porta­tion be­come less re­stric­tive and costly with a Balpha mast.

The first alu­minium pro­to­type Balpha mast was tri­alled on­board a 7m tra­di­tional Shet­land fish­ing boat, pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic ben­e­fits for sail-as­sisted fish­ing. Balpha Mast has de­vel­oped a retro-fit­ting de­sign for sail­ing yachts.

Ceilidh Com­pos­ite Tech­nolo­gies started pro­duc­ing the car­bon fi­bre sys­tem in Hellevoet­sluis, The Nether­lands, based on a car­bon fi­bre track plate that makes low­er­ing and rais­ing a mast a piece of cake. This pi­o­neer­ing de­sign has been tested and demon­strated on Dutch wa­ter­ways with their many bridges.

The Balpha Mast sys­tem was ex­hib­ited for the first time at HISWA in the water boat show in Au­gust.

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