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Re: Mast Life and When to Replace It ?

This may not address your specific question, but.....

We replaced our mast in 2003 about a year we departed to go cruising. At that time it was about 26 years old.

When I was inspecting our mast I saw that the goose neck had been moved and re-welded a bit higher. I found corrosion at the base, and it had a number of holes that were left over from a previous owner mounting something no longer there.

I contacted three yards for a quote on painting it. What I found was the cost to re-pint the mast, IF I DID ALL the prep work, was almost the cost of a new mast!

I did a lot of measurements, specified the height of the goose neck, track on the front of the mast, lights etc..... and got the EXACT mast I wanted. It did away with ALL of our worries.

I would say that it was money well spent. Next, we do replace our rigging, standing and running about every 5 to 7 years.

Greg
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