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post #2 of Old 05-23-2012
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Re: Columbia 23t Mast Question

I had a C23 that we dismasted, broke right in half at the speaders.
I found a mast off a Balboa that was the same spar. Fit the base.
But was also a foot taller. I wanted it that way as I had a custom main made for her that was a foot taller to correct the really bad lee helm she had.
Made it MUCH easier to go all the way through a tack. Before, she would turn and run off which can be super dangerous. Causes accidental gybes.
As long as the spar fits the base AND, you want to make sure the sail track for the luff of the main is the same size.
I recut all my own wires, oversized and put on new turnbuckles as well.
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