A couple days later, round the table in Hall Spars' Bristol office sit Dave Moffet, the project manager; Phil Powell, chief engineer; Kenny Madeiro, laminating department foreman, and Jim Gagnon, pre-assembly chief. Considering it's the biggest mast the group has ever built, the discussion seems remarkably ordinary, although I detect a little tension in reviewing the engineering and production schedules. Nobody's saying, but some America's Cup masts they'll be building at the same time could be a factor. The conversation includes terms I know and others I can only imagine-mandrels, dry splices, patching, and wrap plates-and whether parts will be new designs, requiring new tooling, or modifications of successful older ones. Also, will they be built in-house or not?