Helm Weight for M3 mast topic

Cliff Harrison posted this 28 April 2019

I am looking for my first Solo, and find the market a little confusing. With a weight of 90Kg I have been told I need a Selden Cumulus mast, but there do not seem to be many about with this mast. Are there any other masts that would suit my weight? As I am only interested in club racing, would it make much difference?

I have seen one for sale with an M3 mast, but can find no information about this mast in a Solo?

Thanks in advance,


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Ian McDonald posted this 29 April 2019

I think Superspar M3 was discontinued some years ago, but thinking back to my Fireball days, it was on the stiff side and similar to the M2 . I would have thought it fine for someone heavier.

And as ever, spending time practicing will have as much effect as mast choice in many cases.

Guy Mayger posted this 30 April 2019

Hi Cliff, To be honest, I'm not sure there is a massive difference between the performance of the Cumulus (and M3) and the D+. The vast majority of the Open meeting fleet use the D+ or the M7 with the weight range being mid-late 70kgs to 90kg plus.

There are plenty of "heavier" sailors racing with the D+ and they are more than competitive with that setup.

As Ian has alluded too, improving your boat handling and racing skills (and fitness) will likely have a far greater impact on your results :-) That said, one of the softer sections like the sleeved C wouldn't be ideal/too bendy for your weight.

Hope that's of some help. Cheers, G 5691

Tony Thresher posted this 02 May 2019

Back in the day M3 was my favourite mast . Great for the 90kg plus helm. As Guy says not really much difference between D+, Cumulus or M3. For information the M7 replaced the M3 in the 90s. At the time I found the M7 more flexible and stuck with an M3. Tony

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