I sail an old 19 ft lightning. The mast was broke and repaired with a pvc pipe used as an internal sleeve. It works fine. The break is above the deck. The mast goes through a hole in the deck (loosely) and attaches to the floor. I would like to hinge the mast at the break so I can step it myself. Does anyone see any safety or performance problems with this? I would spend much more time on the water if could go sail without having to find someone to help me with the mast all the time.