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Old 19-01-2010, 08:47   #1
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Mast Foot Water Escape Hole

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I have just removed my 50 foot deck stepped mast for upgrade to new standing rigging (27years)
I am considering drilling a 3/16” hole at the bottom of mast to allow rain water to escape when collecting in side of the mast but I am not sure if this is a bad idea may allow more sea air in to corrode or weaken foot of mast what does experience out there have to recommend
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Old 19-01-2010, 09:01   #2
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there's a hole at the bottom of my keel stepped mast that prevents water from collecting there.
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Old 19-01-2010, 11:20   #3
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My mast step created a pool for water, so I filled with foam...waterproofed the top...
creating a dome...and then drilled a 1/8" hole on each side of the mast slightly higher
so water can drain.
Do not know if this is recommended or accepted practice (drilling holes in mast)
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Thanks for the advice
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Old 19-01-2010, 15:44   #5
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I read a post a while back that mentioned using a lamp wick in the mast foot. Any water (it should never be very much) would wick over the lip of the foot and drip into the bilge. I haven't seen it done, but it seems plausible.
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Drill the hole, better then having water sitting there.
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Old 19-01-2010, 17:19   #7
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What the hell, drill it!

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