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Old 06-03-2021, 00:27   #1
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Mast corrosion

Hi guys! I've been reading this forum for a long time but it's my first time posting.

I own a trailer sailer and there is some corrosion on the aluminium mast.

I'd like to know your thoughts on weather the mast is still serviceable/repairable or if it needs immediate replacement.

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Old 06-03-2021, 00:37   #2
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Re: Mast corrosion

Hi.

Where on the mast is that?
Top, bottom, middle, close to fittings?
What kind of boat?
What kind of sailing?

Doesn't look problematic to me from this picture. More of a cosmetic issue.

It may be an indication that it is quite an old mast, which can be problematic if it has gone through an aweful lot of load cycles.
Insurances tend to not like masts much older than 10years, but they can last much much longer.

I'd check the attachment points for fittings to see if there is any corrosion or cracks.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Budini.
What Franziska said.
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Old 06-03-2021, 08:07   #4
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Re: Mast corrosion

You can probably clean it up a bit if it makes you feel better. A coating of wax might prevent the area from spreading.
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Re: Mast corrosion

My 60 year-old mast has blemishes that look like that and is doing fine. It appears to be on the surface which would not be a problem.
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Re: Mast corrosion

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nsurances tend to not like masts much older than 10years,
The ten year rule is commonly applied to standing rigging, but I have never heard of it being applied to spars...never!

I doubt this is a factor.

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The ten year rule is commonly applied to standing rigging, but I have never heard of it being applied to spars...never!

I doubt this is a factor.

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Same here. Insurance company questioned my rigging age but didn't mention the mast at all.
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