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post #8 of Old 11-16-2012
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Re: Broken mast step hinge

The 2nd pic has what appears to be casting flaw (view it upside down), something that would not be detected or maybe even detectable way back when they were made, so welding really should not be a choice. That mast section was so common in the the '70's for boats that size and Klacko likely has a stockpile, the mold or a welded replacement that should be good for another 40? years. We used that section for Contessa 26 mast and also for larger boat booms. Spars have definitely come a long way.
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