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post #3 of Old 04-07-2004
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Mast question

The mast might handle the load, but the question is can the boat take that much weight up that high? With racing articles talking about how 5 pounds shaved off the masthead is like 80 pounds hiking out on the rail, the lever arm of a 160-pound guy will make a big difference in the boat''s behavior pretty quickly on anything less than 30 some feet. A bigger boat may be more stable, but the ride can still be rough. You might want to wear a helmet and hockey pads.
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