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jandrew7



Joined: 14 Aug 2013
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:34 am    Post subject: Mast On Top of Car? Reply with quote

What is the secret for attaching a mast (One piece) to the top of a car? I've tried many different methods. Some work, and others fail miserably. Is there one way to nail it every time with or without roof racks?
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Sailboarder



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a roof rack, you can do your own version of a square lashing. The key is with the loops that you do before finishing (Étape 4). They add a lot of tension. I guess you could crush the mast if you over do it.

http://www.lesnoeuds.com/noeud-65-brelage-carre.html

Instead of doing this at the front and back racks, you can "thread" the mast in the straps used to hold your board and use a single square lash to fully secure the mast on one side only. I have also used duct tape to do that.

Please bear in mind that one piece masts are very good with very old sails. Newer sails however require masts with different bend characteristics that are not compatible with older one piece masts.
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fanaticultrahawk



Joined: 19 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like cable ties cheap, quick, easy, and secure

can be tough to cut off but i usualy just put the knife to the rack because i dont mind scraping my rack instead of mast. also don't litter when your done
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coachg



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the day when I used to use a one piece mast I used these.

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/yakima-8004034.html

They attach to a Yakima roof rack rather easily. I still have my old set some where in the garage collecting dust. PM me if interested.

Coachg
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yvanboniec



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:50 pm    Post subject: MAST HOLDER Reply with quote

http://specialisedsailing.com/node/324
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jandrew7



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!



Sailboarder wrote:
With a roof rack, you can do your own version of a square lashing. The key is with the loops that you do before finishing (Étape 4). They add a lot of tension. I guess you could crush the mast if you over do it.

http://www.lesnoeuds.com/noeud-65-brelage-carre.html

Instead of doing this at the front and back racks, you can "thread" the mast in the straps used to hold your board and use a single square lash to fully secure the mast on one side only. I have also used duct tape to do that.

Please bear in mind that one piece masts are very good with very old sails. Newer sails however require masts with different bend characteristics that are not compatible with older one piece masts.
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smith23



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yakima is best provider for canoe and kayak paddles, oars, sailboard mast a super deluxe ride on your vehicle's roof rack along side the kayak.
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skyking1231



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too complicated, loops....special attacments.........orwhatever.

Keep it simple and cheap. Get a pair of bungee chords with the simple hooks on both ends. I used i think 10 or 12 inch length. Just wrap the bungee around mast and rack in such away that it is tight, then hook the two hooks together. I used to latch multiple masts together, never had a problem.
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ascott72



Joined: 12 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the day all the masts were one piece and they had to go on the roof. Most of the roof rack companies sold little attachments that would hold them. They came in a set, one for the front bar, one for the rear bar. They either had a little latch across the top or some were circular and you just jammed your mast in and friction would hold them.

You can probably still find them. If not, send me a private message. I think I still have my old ones lying around.
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alakghosh



Joined: 13 Nov 2005
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Location: San Francisco South Bay Area

PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

skyking1231 wrote:
Too complicated, loops....special attacments.........orwhatever.

Keep it simple and cheap. Get a pair of bungee chords with the simple hooks on both ends. I used i think 10 or 12 inch length. Just wrap the bungee around mast and rack in such away that it is tight, then hook the two hooks together. I used to latch multiple masts together, never had a problem.


I second this tip. You don't need fancy knots and straps. Just use a couple of bungee cords to attach it to a car rack. We never had a problem using this method.

Alak.
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