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Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:06 am
by Easy II
I was considering going to aluminum poles with the thought they are lighter than my current lodge pole pine poles.

However I have heard some say they think the aluminum is actually heavier.

For those of you that have made the switch could you please way in on this.

Thank you appreciate your input.

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:59 pm
by Lulu
Depends on the length of the pole and diameter of the wood; a 40 foot pole is pretty heavy. Real reason, in my opinion, to switch to Al is the ease of fixing or replacing Al; which equates to lost time off the water and production. Try to finding a new pole verses a welder.

Minor differences like not having to oil AL every season, or Al doesn't have the flex of wood shouldn't be major considerations. It's about being on the water making money verse spending it.

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:16 am
by Easy II
Thank you apprciate yoo taking the time to reply

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:09 am
by carojae
Go with schedule 40 aluminum. Schedule 80 is heavy.

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:59 pm
by captcam
I am new here and looking for some commercial aluminum poles and mast setup for a 25 Farallon. Does anyone know who may either have some for sale or can fabricate them for me. If having them fab. What length would be best for this F/V.

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:06 am
by carojae
General rule is poles equal boat length +/-

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:04 am
by captcam
Anybody know of a fabricator.

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:13 pm
by tunaddict
What port

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:58 pm
by captcam
San Francisco

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:47 pm
by Lulu
Kyle Swails in Santa Cruz (831-331-3524) and Will (don't know his last name) in Petaluma (707-322-6742) They've both done work for me. Will fabricated a new davit after I put one on the deck. It was and exact match. Not easy to do.

Re: Weight of Aluminum Poles Vs Wood Poles

PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:59 pm
by dellori3
I recamend straight grain fir poles 20 ft. taper the last 10 ft and sand , paint to match boat color. Rig Canadian stile With floppers at 15 ft out. three forward stays and one heavy snubber stay aft at 15ft out. Send me a picture of you boat or just come on down to San Jose.
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