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Old 05 July 2014, 17:12   #11
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don't think it would be a mast, that far forward in a boat would make it pig to steer, and unless you only wanted to go downwind, you would need a center board or keel.

Possibly for tow post?
You only need a centreboard or keel if you are using the mast to sail with. A WAFI race needs a mast with an orange flag on it to mark a start line. Plus usually 2 other flags. I've certainly seen RIBs with short masts near the front for this purpose for small sailing club dinghy racing...

Didn't look terribly structural
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You only need a centreboard or keel if you are using the mast to sail with. A WAFI race needs a mast with an orange flag on it to mark a start line. Plus usually 2 other flags. I've certainly seen RIBs with short masts near the front for this purpose for small sailing club dinghy racing...

Didn't look terribly structural

If you want to be technical, then I would call the pole you put flags on for race starting a flagpole and usually the start flag is amidships so people can look across the start/finish line , that far into the bow would not be practical.
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If we want to be technical... ...the RRS use the term 'staff'

I agree ideally the one with the orange flag would be placed to allow you to look through it to the other end of the line.

Pretty sure I've sailed places where the prep and warning flags were on a forward "staff" presumably to avoid them being in the way of the main start line "staff".
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Had a debate with myself and filled it full of water. On the plus front it took the hose pipe about 40 sec to fill it. On the negative it's not draining quickly. I'll leave it for a while and see how it goes but that amount of water is neither here nor there

Dry it out and bung it up I reckon. I also think that was what the attempt with the foam was as well 👍
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