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Hi, all. I am shopping for a Catalina 30, and one of the boats that I looked at had some issues with the base of the mast. The mast step was cracked, obviously needing replacement. The very bottom of the mast had some pitting and even had a hole about the size of a cigarette diameter.
While I passed on that boat, it got me wondering how you would repair such a mast. Could you simply cut several inches from the bottom, or is that area reinforced inside? If you did cut say, 3'', would your standing rigging have enough adjustment left in it, or would you have to modify that as well?
Would you end up having to replace the mast?
Otherwise, the boat was pretty clean.
Thanks for your input.
First figure out why the damage, and correct the source.
Then you could add an alum plate under a new base to make up for whatever was cut off, sounds like a little more material under the mast wouldn't be a bad idea anyhow. 3" might be a lot and would look odd.
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