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Old 09-11-2009, 15:51   #1
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Dented Mast- How Bad Is Bad?

The thread title pretty much says it. I've got a dent in my mast, the marina put it there.

My aluminum mast has flat sides. The dent is at one of the aft "corners", where the curvature just starts, is 6-12" from the base of the mast, & I would estimate is .020" deep- at least, it is deep enough to be detectable by sight & feel, without specialized tools.

Is it toast? Is it repairable? Am I freaking out over something trivial?

Finally- who the heck fixes masts, & how might a repair be carried out?
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Dents in mast, generally not good. 20 thou deep ... maybe not so bad. A qualified Mast and Spar Rigger is what you need - (a) for an opinion on whether or not you have a problem and, and (b) for a quote for repair (or replace)
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Have your insurance company contact the yards insurance company. File a claim against them and have a surveyor make a full report. If the recommendation is to do nothing which it most likely will be, you will have everything on record and if you have problems in the future your insurance company can reopen the case. This way you are fully covered and can sleep at night.

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sounds to be in a bad place for a bending moment on the mast, if you can see it it is a big bent

I would be pushing for insurance claim to replace it.
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Have your insurance company contact the yards insurance company. File a claim against them and have a surveyor make a full report. If the recommendation is to do nothing which it most likely will be, you will have everything on record and if you have problems in the future your insurance company can reopen the case. This way you are fully covered and can sleep at night.

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Old 09-11-2009, 16:49   #6
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Are you saying that the dent is 6" from the bottom of the mast? If so, I bet it is not much of a problem. I would try to get the marina to pay for it though.

Do you have a picture?
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Do you have a picture?
Not of the dent itself. Everything was on a trailer being transported- boat, mast & cradle. What actually happened was that when the marina staff went to remove the cradle, they dropped it on the mast. I have a picture of that! Hindsight being 20/20, I should've insisted they unload the mast first.

I have contacted the insurance company, & sent them the photos I've got. They contacted the marina, & I think we're waiting now- I may give them a ring tomorrow & see if there's been any progress.
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6 to 12 inches from the base should not be a problem .
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From what you descibe it sounds like a very slight ding and probably ok anywhere along the length of the mast.
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Just a follow up for those who responded- a local rigger inspected the mast & the dent is a non-issue. Hooray!

It was actually checked ages ago, but somehow they overlooked sending the email to me (since I am merely the owner). Oh well, at least I didn't lose any sailing time over it.
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