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  • Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

    I have been wanting to get a mast buoy this season to make snagging the mooring easier. I saw a mast buoy at West Marine a while ago, but it was a little pricey, so I waited.

    This weekend while scrounging stuff in the shed and garage, I came across some 6' fiberglass rods . . . they look like driveway markers for the winter. Well, I thought to myself, what a great thing to make a mast buoy out of

    So, I scrounged up some hardware. . . found a thimble, some galvanized rod, plastic wiring shield, PVC pipe, and also sacrificed part of a floating 'noodle' to the cause. I assembled everything with a can of 'Great Stuff' foam, as it is a great adhesive. I also needed a significant weight for the bottom of the buoy. So, I used some cement that I had and formed a weight around the lower part of the 'mast'.

    Here is a picture of what I came up with . . .
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    I float tested it in a trash can to make sure there was enough weight and flotation. Then I wrapped the cement weight in fiberglass/resin that I had left over from other projects.

    Here is the mast buoy after the fiberglassing . . .
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    Then to finish the thing off, I painted the lower portion with polyurethane.
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    Now I can run a line from one of my mooring pennants to the mast buoy, so it will be easy to grab from the deck of the boat. Currently I have to reach down in the water with a mooring hook . . . some time it goes better than other times.

    The mast buoy draws about 18" of water and has an overall height of just over 6 feet.

    Since I used things that I had lying around, my out-of-pocket cost was $0.00
    Last edited by tpenfield; October 4th, 2015, 02:31 PM.
    Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

    Current Boats: Formula 330 Sun Sport, O'Day Mariner Sail #3224, Sunfish
    Past Boats: Catalina 22 Sail #10531, Formula 242 Sun Sport
    Twin Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI (0F802036, 039), Bravo 3's (0F806198, 199), Mercury 7.5 HP (1969), Johnson 4.5 HP (1980)

    My Boating Web Pages: http://www.tpenfield.com

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    Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

    Not bad... I just gave a "mast buoy" away a week or so ago that came in my last parts boat..... didn't even know what to call it till I read your post....
    Kevin

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    • #3
      Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

      Now that's one fine example of bottom feeding. No way to get cheaper than free leftovers. Looks nice too.
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      • #4
        Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

        Originally posted by GA_Boater View Post
        Now that's one fine example of bottom feeding. No way to get cheaper than free leftovers. Looks nice too.
        Yup, with the cost of boating, etc, I tend to look for every opportunity to make something for little/no cost.
        Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

        Current Boats: Formula 330 Sun Sport, O'Day Mariner Sail #3224, Sunfish
        Past Boats: Catalina 22 Sail #10531, Formula 242 Sun Sport
        Twin Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI (0F802036, 039), Bravo 3's (0F806198, 199), Mercury 7.5 HP (1969), Johnson 4.5 HP (1980)

        My Boating Web Pages: http://www.tpenfield.com

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        • #5
          Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

          Nice job!

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          • #6
            Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

            I have put the mast buoy into use with good results . . .

            Here are a few photos.

            Mast buoy secured to the deck.
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            Here is the mast buoy as it sits in the water once I cast off from the mooring.
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            So, far it has been really easy to pick up the mooring line. The orange 'mast' does not show up as well as I thought it would, but it is OK.
            Last edited by tpenfield; October 4th, 2015, 02:33 PM.
            Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

            Current Boats: Formula 330 Sun Sport, O'Day Mariner Sail #3224, Sunfish
            Past Boats: Catalina 22 Sail #10531, Formula 242 Sun Sport
            Twin Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI (0F802036, 039), Bravo 3's (0F806198, 199), Mercury 7.5 HP (1969), Johnson 4.5 HP (1980)

            My Boating Web Pages: http://www.tpenfield.com

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            • #7
              Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

              Could you slide a bright colored pool noodle on the mast? But you might have to spend a buck at the Dollar Store which defeats the "free" unless you have one another one laying around.
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              • #8
                Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

                I do have some spare noodles, but probably just some bright colored tape would also make it more visible. Of course, that would probably cost me a few $$
                Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

                Current Boats: Formula 330 Sun Sport, O'Day Mariner Sail #3224, Sunfish
                Past Boats: Catalina 22 Sail #10531, Formula 242 Sun Sport
                Twin Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI (0F802036, 039), Bravo 3's (0F806198, 199), Mercury 7.5 HP (1969), Johnson 4.5 HP (1980)

                My Boating Web Pages: http://www.tpenfield.com

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                • #9
                  Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

                  Good work Penfield. More people should think like this, especially in the reality of today's world.
                  Work sucks.... Lets go boating!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

                    First and foremost, that is an outstanding job! Perhaps an old bike flag would work to make it more visible?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

                      Thanks guys for your kind words. A small flag might do the trick for better visibility. I generally need to see the mast from a couple hundred feet away in order to plan the 'approach' and pick-up.
                      Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

                      Current Boats: Formula 330 Sun Sport, O'Day Mariner Sail #3224, Sunfish
                      Past Boats: Catalina 22 Sail #10531, Formula 242 Sun Sport
                      Twin Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI (0F802036, 039), Bravo 3's (0F806198, 199), Mercury 7.5 HP (1969), Johnson 4.5 HP (1980)

                      My Boating Web Pages: http://www.tpenfield.com

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                      • #12
                        Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

                        Awesome build! +1 on Great Stuff foam being a great adhesive too. I used some the other day and it's still stuck to me in places! How does the mast buoy get its name? Is it connected to the mast of a sailing boat? If so what is it's use? Sorry for the questions, I'm just not familiar with sailing gizmos.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

                          Originally posted by kfa4303 View Post
                          Awesome build! +1 on Great Stuff foam being a great adhesive too. I used some the other day and it's still stuck to me in places! How does the mast buoy get its name? Is it connected to the mast of a sailing boat? If so what is it's use? Sorry for the questions, I'm just not familiar with sailing gizmos.
                          The buoy has a 'mast' so you can grab it from deck height, rather than fishing the mooring line out of the water. Nothing specific to do with sailing.
                          Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

                          Current Boats: Formula 330 Sun Sport, O'Day Mariner Sail #3224, Sunfish
                          Past Boats: Catalina 22 Sail #10531, Formula 242 Sun Sport
                          Twin Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI (0F802036, 039), Bravo 3's (0F806198, 199), Mercury 7.5 HP (1969), Johnson 4.5 HP (1980)

                          My Boating Web Pages: http://www.tpenfield.com

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                          • #14
                            Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

                            Ayuh,.... Great job Ted,.... Ya know I just Love repurposed junk,.....

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                              Re: Homemade Mast Buoy . . .

                              Originally posted by tpenfield View Post
                              The buoy has a 'mast' so you can grab it from deck height, rather than fishing the mooring line out of the water. Nothing specific to do with sailing.

                              Ah, I see. Very handy if you have lots of freeboard, or a big shiny boat like in your sig. That's even cooler than I thought

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