Block and tackle package is developed

Barton Marine's system enables easy lowering and raising of the Balpha Mast Barton Marine's system enables easy lowering and raising of the Balpha Mast

Balpha Mast has teamed up with Barton Marine in the development of a block and tackle package to complement its folding mast.

This collaboration was formed after the two companies met at METSTRADE with Barton’s system enabling easy lowering and raising of the innovative and unique folding mast system.

“We’re excited with Balpha Mast’s new design program and proud to be associated with its folding mast system,” said Barton’s CEO Suzanne Blaustone. “Given both our companies can respond quickly with drafts, testing and rigging schemes, we can move into production rapidly for a variety of mast sizes.”

Final testing

Balpha Mast’s range is now at the final testing stage prior to production with masts up to 8.5m developed suitable for vessels up to 8m long.

There are also plans to extend this with the development of a folding 10m mast.

Following successful demonstrations of the system in Holland, Balpha Masts will be touring yacht clubs along the Thames in London during July with the company’s demonstration yacht, Balpha Global.

Simple and swift

“This desired design finally makes it simple and swift to lower and raise masts to cruise under bridges and have stress-free mast stowage when in transit or not in use,” added Suzanne.

Balpha Global is a 6m Dick Koopman day sailor used to show boat owners, boat yards and yacht clubs how easy it to raise and lower a mast onboard a yacht using the Balpha Mast.

All the carbon components in Balpha Mast will be manufactured by Ceilidh Composite Technologies in the Netherlands.

The metal and stainless steel components will be manufactured by Balpha Mast in the UK.

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