Humanitarian vessel Vega – the great mast drama

Mast rot endangers Vega's 2014 mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

Mast rot endangers mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

2014 Humanitarian vessel Vega mission in danger

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

Mast rot endangers mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

Mast rot endangers Vega's 2014 mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

Humanitarian vessel Vega - the great mast drama

Vega is a 122 year old Hardanger built Norwegian sailing cargo vessel.  Every year
the humanitarian vessel Vega sails about 8,000 sea miles delivering
roughly 25 tons of donated educational and medical supplies to some of
South East Asia’s most remote island communities. For more information
please visit the Vega website at www.sailvega.com or simply Google
”Humanitarian vessel Vega” to see what others have to say about us.

Our main mast (Norwegian Pine) is reputed to be older than the boat and
is still just fine, bar the odd check” says Captain Granger,” Our mizen mast (Red maranti – the
only wood we could find at the time) is suffering from serious rot and
must be replaced”.  The existing lower mast is 10 meters tall and 26 cm diameter at the base. It is well stayed in the traditional manner with 3 shrouds a side and back stays.

“Our very modest budgets prohibit us from simply commissioning a new mast but fortunately having grown up in a wooden boat yard I have the experience to make this mast if we can locate a proper cant to make it from”, says Granger.

“Right now we need a shipping company willing to transport this wood from either Australia or Vancouver, Canada to Singapore where we will be doing the work”.

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4 Responses to Humanitarian vessel Vega – the great mast drama

  1. rob says:

    scarf some new wood in, or sleeve it with pipe maybe?

  2. ..my friend,..it’s very pity …but,..it’s not deadly,.. can fix,.. need love of yr followers,.. I’m with you for what I can do in my boatyard,..

  3. Luke sorensen says:

    I live in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island Canada….We have a major raw log shipping port here,…with ships leaving every week to panama, china…and I think Singapore too. As you may know we also have a lot of large trees here if you need a mast….you may be able to find a ship leaving here that could help…..check the site called marine traffic…it shows ships coming and going to port …times, destinations, etc I may be able to help on this end Luke

    • sailvega says:

      Thanks Luke we are looking around Vancouver to see if there might be a place where we can get the wood. Then need to find transport. Any chance you could contact a few shipping lines there for us? Bit hard to find who does what from there from here.

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