Three years ago I designed what I thought was a simplification to Rafi’s Cat-2-Fold beams. To make it less costly, I chose off-the-shelf mast sections as the connective beams in place of carbon fiber laminations. Rafi thinks it won’t work. I think it
will. It has never been tried. I publish it here with the understanding that if it is published, someone somewhere else won’t be able to patent it and prevent me from using it. I can’t afford to patent it, and besides this market is just too small to make it worthwhile.
So, some of the snapshots. Ignore the unstayed mast bearings.