My concern would be that the boat
wasn't initially built for that style of mast. It was built with through deck
chainplates that feed mast loads into a structural grid beneath the floor. So now where are all those loads going? Certainly not the way the designer
intended them to go. It seems to me most of the loads would be going horizontally through the deck
to the ends and sides of the hull
I have to wonder why the P/O would do this other than the obvious to demonstrate their technology of building these masts. Our Catalina
is not short on sail area in fact we'd be happy with less.
Wonder how this will hold up over time, given that Cats are just production boats and don't have a massive safety
margin in their layup
. Personally, I wouldn't touch it unless I was satisfied somehow that there were measures taken to address the deck loading issue.