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Old 08-01-2010
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Identify this mast?

Last weekend I bought a sailing dinghy made by New Englan d Skiff Builders, called a PuddleDuck. It's fiberglass, double hulled and came with a sailing kit in a bag. The boat is 20 years old, but the mast, boom, sail, rudder, and daggerboard had never been used! Varnished teak for the rudder and daggerboard, and bright varnished sitka spruce for the mast and boom. All the hardware on the boat is bronze.

The boat is in quite good shape except for two items. It was stored upside down on dirt and the teak facing on the transom, and the teak outboard block are both rotted away along the top edge. No big deal. there was also a crack in the hull at the front end of the skeg, apparently from being dropped hard. I fixed that today. Oh yeah, the bailer was missing. I found the original builder and he told me that it was a Sunfish bailer, so I picked up one of those and it fit perfectly.

When I picked up the boat and looked in the sail bag there were a couple of wooden parts that I thought were the boom and a gaff. It turns out it was actually a two piece mast with a boom, and it is sloop rigged.

So what does the aluminum mast the owner gave me with the boat fit? It is 16' 3" long tapered aluminum. It's 2" OD at the bottom, 1-1/8" OD at the top. It clearly doesn't fit this boat! It would be good if I could identify the mast, maybe someone can use it.

Gary H. Lucas
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