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post #7 of Old 10-01-2013 Thread Starter
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Re: Mast Life and When to Replace It ?

Mr. Clarke,

Thank You for taking the time to explain things, I buy it.. 100%. I did not think about the difference of a unsupported aircraft component in comparison to a supported sailboat mast. I saw the alum. mast as being loaded & loaded (flexing) and causing metal fatigue of the alum. metal over time.

So, my 42 year old mast should be good... based on one small area of corrosion at the base. I should strip it and repaint it and put it back in service... not to worry. I'm guessing about $ 750.00 for materials.. against $ 4,700 with tax & pick up (370 miles away) at St. Pete., FL.


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