(Source: Hall Spars) The Hall Spars team has completed the final test rig of the mast for the Wally 50m prior to shipping to Italy for stepping. Constructed of high-modulus carbon, the mast tube measures 66.7m (218.83 ft.). The four-spreader mast is a highly custom design by Hall’s in-house engineering team, tailored to meet Wally’s criteria of high performance combined with high style.
The double mainsheet is led forward from the boom through the mast, then down through mast-mounted turning blocks located just above deck level. This allows the mainsheet reels to be located farther forward in the boat. The system will be completely covered for the crew’s safety. In addition, special care was taken at the halyard exits at the masthead, as well as the mainsheet exit, to reduce line chafe. Custom rollers were designed by Hall for both areas. Mainsail handling will be greatly simplified with Hall’s carbon-fiber Oceanfurl boom. A custom carbon ramp on the mast facilitates a smooth, compact furl of even this enormous mainsail.
The Wally 50m hull is also built completely of composites. The freshwater tanks will also be used as ballast, and it has a lifting keel with a depth of 4.2m for entering harbor with an additional 6m for sailing performance. Designed by Tripp Design, designers of the Hall-rigged Wally 45m Saudade and Wally 43m Esense, the Wally 50m is the largest yacht built by Wally to date. The mast will be shipped in two pieces, and joined on-site by Hall’s carbon experts.
Shown here is the top section of the mast (the spreaders are test-rigged prior to painting to avoid scratches).