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post #4 of Old 02-20-2002
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Deck stepped Mast-Always Bad ?


I agree. I would take a deck stepped mast any day over a keel stepped mast.

It gets very frustrating trying to keep water out of the boat when the rain water comes dripping down the inside of the mast every time it rains hard.

Then there’s the chore of keeping the mast boot waterproof.

A few years back I saw a 40’ sailboat that had a deck stepped mast which was rigged to be taken down and raised at any time! The owners kept the boat in Newport harbor in California, which (apparently) has a low fixed bridge. To sail outside the harbor, they lowered the mast a bit, went under the bridge, and then raised it and the sails.

I have a friend who designed and built a square stainless steel channel structure, in several pieces, which takes the load of the deck stepped mast and transfers it to the keel. The boat is only 30’ long and a load-transfer post in the cabin right under the mast would have hogged too much room.

He says it bolts together in several pieces and works great.

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