Originally Posted by pstadt
We are considering a future mod to our 2011 Orana
mast that would clip approximately 2' off the mast height (and corresponding amount off of the top of the main sail)....not so we can sail the ICW
, but at least to access a few more marinas
here and there.
If anyone has done this on their cat, could you tell me 1) where did you have the work done? 2) would you recommend them to others? 3) approximately how much did it cost for the mast work? and finally, 4) any regrets?
That seems a rather drastic modification for a relatively small gain, but that's for you to decide...
Before I considered such a thing I would have a long chat with a broker
who specialized in my type of boat
to understand what it might do to resale value. If it would have a significant impact on the marketability of the boat
, that might be a bigger wallet hit than the cost of the modification itself.
Something else to consider: Changing the size of the mainsail
without changing the jib
might have an effect on the sailing balance of the boat.
Experts to consult: A rigger, a sailmaker
, the boat's designer
, or other navel architect familiar with catamarans. Boats are designed as "systems" and changing one part can have significant effects in ways that, to us amateurs, can be unpleasantly surprising.