Originally Posted by Dave Harwood
Gentlemen, thank you!
My original post may have been unclear - I don't want to replace the sheaves of the original configuration, I'm looking for a complete unit that sits on top of the mast extrusion with four sheaves - two for each halyard - main tail descending forward of the mast, and jib
descending aft. I've already closed the slots in the mast for the 8" sheave.
The .pdf from Charleston Spar for their masthead unit seems to indicate they have units for the extrusions in use today. They also don't show attachment tangs for the cap shrouds. My mast went out of production about 40 years ago, so I probably need a custom fabrication - which RigRite appears to offer, but they appear to be disinterested in my project
I think Rigrite is the go to for all the old Pearson
masts and hardware
. Unfortunately as you have discovered, they aren't always the easiest to deal with and their prices aren't exactly cheap
. I looked at their price
for a new mast step to replace the iron one that was original equipment
on my Pearson
and decided to make my own.
In your case they might be your best option if you really want to go with a mast or rigging
company. Have you tried following up with a phone call?
If not, there are plenty of metal fabricators out there and would not necessarily need marine experience. A good welding and metal shop with experience in welding aluminum should be good enough. Just make sure they use the proper alloy. Mail them an accurate trace of the mast section (can you access the mast head
, cover with a sheet of cardboard and trace around it with a Sharpie?), a sketch of what you want and they should be able to build it for you.