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post #23 of Old 05-10-2012
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Re: Mast (Climbing)- No Halyards

Besides the safety issue, it is also beneficial to pull the mast to check for problem areas. Especially if it hasn't been done in awhile. Corrosion and fatigue cracking may be hard to see until you pull the mast to methodically inspect.
Common problem areas: Mast steps, both keel and deck stepped masts, mast attachments for standing rigging, rigging wire and terminals, running rigging blocks and attachment points, electrical connections at the base of the mast as well as to the equipment up top.
When I pulled my mast last year I found that the electrical plug for the mast wiring was almost completely corroded through. How it still worked I have no idea.
Overall, it was a learning experience and worth the $$ and effort.

Brian & Marya
S/V Indigo
Pacific Seacraft 34
Hull #281

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