So my mast
came down about a week ago. No damage to the mast
step. No damage to the boat. But...
The mast bent up about an inch at the bottom and a pipe for wiring
ripped a one inch chunk out of the mast as well.
So, I am left with three options:
1.) buy a new mast.
- The mast over all is in really good shape (minus the bottom inch or two) and a new mast is costly given the other two options.
2.) put a sleeve in the bottom of the mast and straighten out the curled parts
- Not a bad option, but more work and not sure about the long term effects of the sleeve will be, if the structure will weaken over time, etc.
3.) trim off the bottom one or two inches of the mast.
- This will lower the height of the mast (37 foot mast), and change the sail plan slightly. How much of a change will two inches have? I avoid the sleeve this way but the sail plan..... The standing rigging
is short enough to make it work (as per geometry at least)
The mast is deck
stepped, reverse socket (i.e. the mast slides into the step).
Looking for any educated opinions here. Right now I basically have an ugly looking power boat
..... And am going to be putting the mast back up in a week and looking for some more options here, or at least clarification on the options above.