It's a whopper

Southern Spars fit super tall mast to superyacht

Friday March 12th 2004, Author: Warren Douglas, Location: Australasia
The tallest mast built by Auckland-based Southern Spars was stepped in the super-yacht Tiara earlier today at Wynyard Wharf, Auckland.

At 63 metres (206ft) long, the carbon fibre mast is too tall to sail under the Auckland Harbour Bridge which has a clearance of 43m. Tiara’s boom is more than 20 metres long.

It will clear, but only just, the bridge of the America’s which spans the Panama Canal, an important consideration for a yacht that will be based in the Caribbean.

Built at Auckland by Alloy Yachts, Tiara is 54m (178ft) overall with a beam of 11m (36ft). The sloop, designed by Dubois Naval Architects, will be commissioned over the next few weeks.

Tiara’s rig gave Southern Spars’ designers one unusual problem to solve: Crew have to be able to remove the backstay to allow a helicopter to land on the afterdeck.

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