Yes, you're right about the mast. It will end up exiting a little abaft and stbd of the mast, which puts it somewhat away from my halyards, reef lines, but still not ideal, but, as anyone who has worked on or built.a boat knows, everything is a compromise on a boat. The solution I've come up with (besides learning
to work around it, like everything else on deck) is to make to the charlie noble so that it detaches easily and then to secure it to the boat with a wire lanyard. If I ever need to take it off to work at the mast, I can quickly grab it (hot! maybe weld a handle?), pull it off and let it drop without worrying about losing it. In the warmer months, I figure I'll take the stack off altogether and cover the flue exit with some kind of deck
plate. I believe Dickinson
makes something for this purpose.