One other point about welding... the aluminum alloys that is used in spars is heat treated... and heating it, as is done in the welding process, removes much of the strength of the alloy.... Riveting and sleeving is really the best way to repair a mast. However, as HS has pointed out.... do you really want to add weight aloft on such a small boat—especially that high up??
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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