Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 18-04-2011, 07:32   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: USA
Boat: Cape Dory
Posts: 439
Repair to Mast Heel

I am preparing to restep my keel; stepped mast and have found one side wall of the mast is pitted in the bottom 2 inches (the pitting is on the interior walls of the mast and is concentrated on one side wall but is significant -- 50% intrusion -- over an area approx 2"x2" the forward edge and the track / trailing edge are both very solid the other sidewall has very minor pitting).

So far, I wire brushed and then primed both the mast and the mast step fitting with etching primer. My fear is that the mast could jar in rough weather and that some portion of the heel might shatter where it is pitted (and then the mast would become unstable).

It has been suggested that I glass over the exterior for the bottom 4-6" (wrap with glass tape and resin). What do you think of this solution??? The alternative would be to cut the bottom 4" off the mast and try to find something which could be welded in its place.

Thansk for any suggestions and comments on the proposed solution!

-M
__________________

__________________
Mambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-04-2011, 10:33   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: USA
Boat: Cape Dory
Posts: 439
Also need supplier for big rubber grommets / bushings

I also need to find somewhere to buy grommets or bushings to protect the wires exiting the mast. The marine suppliers seem to stop at 3/4" grommets and the electrical suppliers want to sell you 1000 at a time!!! Any suggestions for protecting the wires exiting the mast?
__________________

__________________
Mambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-04-2011, 12:33   #3
Registered User
 
moonrsn's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Puget Sound
Boat: Islander 37 'Taku Wind'
Posts: 44
Re: Repair to Mast Heel

I had the same problem. I just cut off 2" of the mast and bolted a 2" riser plate to where the mast steped. End problem...
__________________
Noel Edwards
Faster horses, younger women, Older whiskey, and more money...
moonrsn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-04-2011, 16:23   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: USA
Boat: Cape Dory
Posts: 439
Re: Repair to Mast Heel

Quote:
Originally Posted by moonrsn View Post
I had the same problem. I just cut off 2" of the mast and bolted a 2" riser plate to where the mast steped. End problem...
Thanks. Unfortunately, raising the maststep plate 2" would put it in contact with the bottom of the cabin sole. I could raise it 6" or more -- but that would place it in the cabin (I'd rather avoid that too if possible).

Any thoughts on the proposed glassing or the bottom few inches?
__________________
Mambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
mast

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mast Dent Repair okieundersail Construction, Maintenance & Refit 7 20-02-2011 07:02
Broken Mast - How Can I Repair ? ronnmexico Construction, Maintenance & Refit 25 30-11-2010 16:45
Aluminum Mast Repair ? leslie Construction, Maintenance & Refit 3 05-06-2010 18:53
Attaching the mast heel to the keel step Weyalan Construction, Maintenance & Refit 0 14-01-2008 18:08
Heel as an indicator Stede Monohull Sailboats 26 12-10-2003 17:57



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 00:59.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.