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We have been searching far and wide for the perfect boat that meets our wants and needs. We have found one that has every single want we ever had, with one small glitch. The mast is too tall. And not by a foot or two. Actually over 13' too tall. Our bridges around here or 50' and it's not a total deal breaker because we don't have to go under any of them, but it would keep us out of the intercoastal. And if all was perfect, we'd want to sail there, too. My question is. Not being a rocket scientist or nautical engineer, can the mast be replaced with the shorter mast and how much would be lost in doing so? Right now it's a ketch rig with the main at 62'6" and we need to be below 50.
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Cutting 13 feet off a 62'-6" mast, although possible (as is most things in life with enough money & motivation), has got to result in an odd proportioned and underpowered boat.

I think you need to either accept staying outside or select a smaller boat.
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What kind of draft does the boat have? With that tall of a mast on a ketch rig, it sounds like a pretty good sized boat, with probably a fairly deep draft. From what one can surmise, it sounds like more than bridge clearance could be a problem for the ICW.

As TB says though, you can shorten it, but at what price, not just in dollars, but in sailing characteristics and aesthetics as well. Not to mention, it could require having to shorten the mizzen mast as well to keep it all in balance.
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Ditto that...don't even think about cutting off that much. One possibility without going smaller in boat size would be to take a look at some ketches which typically have shorter main masts...but even there...13' is a LOT. My guess is you will have to go smaller or put the boat elsewhere.
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I'm no boat scientist, nor do I play one on TV, but I would think reducing a boats mainmast height by 20% would seriously degrade its performance.

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Not to mention, it could require having to shorten the mizzen mast as well to keep it all in balance.
As well as having all the standing rigging and sails reworked or replaced, and, possibly, some of the running rigging. Sounds expen$ive. Then there's the impact on the boats resale value.

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You really need to find a different boat. Modifying the rig by 20% is going to have serious effects on the performance and the balance of the boat. It is also going to be a rather expensive proposition as it would require all new standing rigging, as well as having the sails modified or replaced.
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JandS,

To get to a 50' mast height, you are going to have to start looking at much smaller boats. I expect the size of the boat has something to do with it fitting all your needs, and with a ketch rig sounds like you are looking at something the size of Cam's boat, round about 50'

A 50' mast hieght would put you at a much smaller monohull, or perhaps a multi to maintain the same type of interior space as a 50' ketch.

Pardon me for being a west coaster, but I thought 63' was the magic number for the ICW?
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Paul - more like 48' and some of them are iffy.
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If you went for an older (classic) boat, with the gaff style of rigging for the main sail, you could get under the 50 ft mast with a similar size of boat.
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