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Old 21-09-2016, 08:46   #1
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finding a mast/shipping a mast

Mast on my Islander Freeport 36 destroyed in hurricane Newton. There seems to be a few new/used masts available that are of the correct length - 54 feet, mostly in Florida. My question is, how does one ship a mast and does anyone know how one ships a mast to Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico? I've considered possibly splicing to make the load shorter, but not sure if that's a wise idea for a boat that spends considerable time offshore. Any suggestions or experiences regarding shipping to Mexico greatly appreciated.

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Old 21-09-2016, 08:51   #2
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Re: finding a mast/shipping a mast

Many masts are spiced, especially on bigger boats. It would be nice if you could find one closer. Calif must be scrapping old boats?

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Re: finding a mast/shipping a mast

have you checked with licensed salvors in mexico??
i have a friend in mazatlan who is one. he may be able to find a mast. also check into the marina and dry storage--once the insurance claims have been filed i am certain you will find a mast right there in san carlos guaymas.
your insurance company should be giving price of brand new mast. i know there are available masts in mexico. we just neeed to find em.
i have been promised a 40 ft aluminum mast for bird, right here in mazatlan. it just happens to be lying around in my salvor friends collection of boat goods.
oh yes. the man is an underwater welder., as well. i think mebbe he can even fix one that was broken. as he fixed the mast of my veterinarian friends boat in 2011.
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Old 23-10-2016, 16:39   #4
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Re: finding a mast/shipping a mast

We too are needing a mast in Guaymas and are researching the possibilities. From what I can tell, ocean container shipping is easy to arrange and get quotes for, but max length is ~39 feet. To avoid splicing, I saw an interesting photo on Klacko Spars' website, where they used a trailer behind a pickup. Judging from the length of the truck, it looks like the mast might have been close to 60 feet. Hiring someone with such a trailer might be an option.
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Old 24-10-2016, 07:01   #6
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I'm currently in San Carlos, Mexico, up the road from Guaymas. There is a knowledgeable yacht broker here who does a lot for the cruisers storing their boats in San Carlos. He looked after our boat and others in Marina Seca in SC during the hurricane. He might be able to help with finding or shipping a mast in this area. Contact Don at San Carlos Yacht Sales, email Good luck to you. It is heartbreaking to see the damaged yachts but I'm also seeing boats being repaired and readied for going back in the water.

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Old 27-10-2016, 20:28   #7
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Not sure if this helps, but I am heading down to my boat in Guaymas around the end of January. I have a Toyota Tundra. If you can find/rent trailer, I could/would be willing to try and help out. I live in San Francisco. Just PM me if you find something that could work.

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Re: finding a mast/shipping a mast

Splicing masts is very common, & when done right, presents zero issues. Some spliced spars are designed to be "easily" disassembled, while others are more permanent once put together. And as to their performance, unless you're racing, & have one that's poorly built, you shouldn't much notice that they're not one-piece tubes.

On shipping, look for a boat that's being moved along a route akin to that which the spar in question would need to take, & have it hitch a ride with said vessel. If you go that route, it shouldn't cost you much.

When looking for masts, try; marinas, rig shops, (sometimes) used gear chandleries, insurance companies, especially after a big storm, & a few sources to remain super secret until your clearance is approved :-)
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Things like advertising in say Latitude 38, similar publications, & bulletin boards (electronic & paper) are options to pursue too. Ditto on yacht club bulletin boards/newsletters.

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Old 27-10-2016, 22:35   #9
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The folks at Ballenger Spars in Watsonville, CA, could help you out I bet! Good folks! And maybe SFBaydude could drive it down? Looks like you need a fifth wheel trailer and a pick-up with a fifth wheel though.
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