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post #8 of Old 10-01-2013
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Re: Mast Life and When to Replace It ?

sometimes there's a corrosion problem at the mast step due to moisture draining down while the rest of the mast is ok. So cutting of a few inches might be all you need to do. Another issue can be corrosion around the ss fasteners that hold tangs and spreaders. Likewise these can be replaced with a larger screw properly bedded. Then there's spreaders and checking thier integrity. A more critical item is rigging which can have cracking, and crack corrosion. I think by far masts rarely fail in comparison to rigging failures. I'd ask a local rigger to do an assessment.

Walt Elliott
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Puget Sound
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