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.