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Balpha Mast

Sail to the Future with your Foldaway Mast

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We live in a foldaway age where convenience, versatility and freedom are paramount to our everyday lives.

Fixed mast systems are designed specifically for yacht performance. The Balpha Mast Foldaway mast system once engineered to its optimum will give a balanced combination for its endless applications. To lower and raise your mast when underway will totally transform your yachting experience. Air draught, maintenance, repairs, winter storage, wear & tear and transportation will all become less restrictive and costly. Retro fitting for early adopters, leading to purpose designed vessels, will exploit the market of the Foldaway Mast.

Proto-type Balpha Mast for yachts 6–10 meters. Images will be continually updated as design develops.
You can read the US Patent document here.


  • Dec 2016

    Dec 2016

    UK Patent Granted

    Balpha Mast is Granted UK Patent No. GB2502497. 'A Mast Raised or Lowered by Means of a Drive Member'.A full year is planned for 2017 to take the carbon fibre retro fitting Balpha Mast to its Yacht market.

  • Nov 2016

    Nov 2016

    Felucca Yacht for Balpha Mast

    In order to test, trial and market our carbon fibre Balpha Mast we have invested in this classic 6m Felucca Yacht. Sea trials planned for early 2017.

  • Oct 2016

    Oct 2016

    Balpha Mast Marketing Program

    Marketing Program begins with a 'Learning Journey' to the Ibex Marine Trade Show, Tampa. Market Research particular to the US Marine Leisure Industry was undertaken with significant new contacts made.We are very pleased to welcome Augusto (Kiko) Villalon to the Balpha Mast development team as our highly respected US Marine Consultant. Balpha Mast is very grateful for the continued advice and support from HIE, Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

  • Aug 2016

    Aug 2016

    Carbon Fibre Balpha Mast

    The first Carbon Fibre Balpha Mast proto-type workshop tested at Ceilidh Composites BV. Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands. Program planned to refine and further develop all components.

  • Sept 2015

    Sept 2015

    Balpha Mast US. Patent Granted

    Through funds generated by the Sail Line Fish work boat and marine surveying activities further investment is made on developing the retro-fitting Balpha Mast.

  • Sept 2013

    Sept 2013

    Balpha Mast Company Ltd formed, The potential in the Balpha Mast as a foldaway mast system for yachts between 6 – 10m was identified. Work commences on a retro-fitting design suitable for production class yachts of this size.

  • Jan 2012

    Jan 2012

    Market Research Study, Market Research Group, Bournemouth University conducts qualitative & quantitative research into the Balpha Mast system potential in the leisure boating market. Part of this included field research at the London Boat Show 2012.

  • Oct 2011

    Oct 2011

    International Patent Filed, Through conducting a Patent search and market research, with its commercial potential in mind, it was decided to file an International Patent for the Balpha Mast.

  • July 2011

    July 2011

    First Public Demonstration of the Balpha Mast, shown at the Delting Boating Club with sailing enthusiastic delegates.

  • May 2010 – Oct 2011

    May 2010 – Oct 2011

    Feasibility Study

    With smart: Scotland funding Balpha Mast parent company Sail Line Fish Ltd undertakes to find the potential in sail-assisted fishing. An outcome from this was the need to create compatibility between the sail system and commercial fishing where crew numbers are limited. To achieve this the Balpha Mast system was developed and tested. This allowed a means to control, lower and raise your sail system depending on situation and conditions. Historical research into sail fishing showed how it was essential to lower and stow masts whilst lying to nets or lines. Severe damage could be done to masts and rigging while rolling and pitching in a heavy swell. A key to the design was its ability to operate at sea or in port.


Stuart Balfour

Stuart Balfour

Inventor & Managing Director

Stuart has worked in the Merchant Navy, Fishing Industry and Marine Piloting since 1984. Gaining a Master Mariner Certificate in 1998 and Marine Surveyor Accreditation in 2014.

D. Koopmans Jachtontwerpers

Naval Architect


Ceilidh Composite Technologies B.V.

Mast Designer and Manufacturer



International Sail Makers


Augusto (Kiko) Villalon, President ANCON MARINE CONSULTANTS, INC.

Marine Consultant USA

Ancon Marine Consultants

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