Mast cutting. How’d you do it?


#1

Poll: how did you put holes in the side of your mast? Curious to see pictures. Got a new mast for a second build so wondering!


#2

I used a center punch to mark the location and then used ever larger (sharp) drill bits to get to the correct diameter. Then I de-burred the edges to remove any sharp corners.


#3

I put the mast on my milling machine and WAM-BAM it was done. I did round the edges where the cables entered though so that the shielding slides in and out nicely and does not get cut.


#4

one hole on each side of the cut, dremel in between and files to make it smooth (starting at 7:15 here: https://vimeo.com/291837634 )


#5

@Mat Half of those views on Vimeo are probably from me! Love that video! I just got a LF Wakefoil mast. You think it’ll be the same size so I can just print your parts? Bruno (from APS) is working on my motors right now!


#6

@Jezza So you did like @Mat and put all the holes on one side?


#7

Not exactly like Mat, but all my holes are on one side of the mast.


#8

Thanks :slight_smile:
Yes, unless it’s a 3 years old mast, it should be the same size… can’t hurt to double check though …

I choose to put all the wires/tube coming out on the same side to keep the space on the other side to store the “service loop”.


#9

Oh snap! Looks different! lol


#10

Hi!

Black dots represents your three wires. By making the opening in a angle compared to the mast it’s easier to route the cables.


#11

I like that approach!


#12

and my painting skills :slight_smile:


#13

You will have to try Matts file as mine is smaller to fit my naish mast.


#14

That is Mat’s file. I have two masts, just complicating matters! Haha. Apparently my Naish isn’t the same as yours and now my LF isn’t the same as his! lol… @pacificmeister did help me to make a mast clamp for the Naish based on its profile, just need to do the same for the LF now. Shocked there are so many variations!


#15

are you sure it’s my file? i don’t recognize the screw holes :slight_smile:

and if it’s mine modified, that looks very much like the first version i was using with the old 4 years old foilfish orange mast that is indeed narrower.

below my current version that works on the current mast…
https://a360.co/2OjDzDN


#16

In my built post :
https://efoil.builders/uploads/default/original/2X/d/d09fc43869d7b43f73c0a4a1088eb2d35d5963bb.JPG


#17

Damn. I’m confused now! lol… Guess I’ll look at the file you linked and print it out and see what happens. The good news is @pacificmeister and I have a solution to this confusion! It’s pretty rad. I don’t want to go into too many details but let’s just say finding out more details about current working builds will be much easier in the near future!


#18

I had the same question Tyler. See thread HERE. I ended up cutting a diagonal slot by drilling one hole at each end and then using a hacksaw blade to join the two holes to create the slot. This worked well…