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The holes weren't drilled. They are actually melted through the mast. My best guess puts it as being by cutting torch slag dropping on it while cutting through a piece of steel. The scar in the top of that picture that is surrounded by the gold area is where the slag came in contact with the mast and rolled off. The same damage happens on a thinner steel plate below a thick one when you cut it. On aluminum though, it is much easier for the slag to melt through the mast.
As for the current owner, I don't know if he knows what caused the damage or not. I admit he has not been 100% honest with me. I think he bought the boat intending to do some work on it, and found that with low hull production numbers that he too would have a problem replacing the mast, whether he bought it that way, or if he had it when the damage occurred.
The rest of the boat looks fine. I didn't unroll the sails, but the parts that I saw made me believe that they don't have massive amounts of damage done to them. The hull is sound everywhere I checked and the deck did not give way underfoot. The interior is pulled, and he does not have the stainless hardware to mount it back but all the wood pieces seem to be there.
Yes, he seemed quite nervous when I talked to him about the holes in the mast. Whether or not he is nervous to make a sell or get it out of his hands I don't know. But, I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and I am assuming that he does not know the dangerous conditions that would arise upon stepping the mast and setting sail.
I have decided to not offer on the boat. I will contact the owner to let him know that I am not offering. I will also assume that he does not know the danger, and I will explain it to him. I will ask him that if he continues to list the boat, that he lists it as a project boat in need of a mast because this one is toast. And I figured that I would tell him that if he wants to get rid of it dirt cheap, I would be glad to take it for a small amount, seeing as how the boat is useless with out the mast and the mast is garbage. To prove my sincerity and let him know that I am not trying to rip him off, I plan on offering to bring a chop saw at pick up and cut the mast in half in front of him should he decide to cut losses and let it go.
I think that would be the best thing for this boat, shred the mast and sell it as a project dirt cheap. That is my opinion though and other opinions differ.
So I guess my search for a boat continues...