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Question about holes in mast... Help? (With Pics)
Hi guys. Totally new to the forums here, lurked for a while, but finally registered to tap into the wealth of knowledge here.
So, here's the deal. I have been looking for some time for a larger boat. I found one in the price range/condition/size that I have been looking for. She needs a little love and work, but nothing I can't handle. There is one thing that bothers me though...
The mast of this particular boat has several holes drilled into it at the bottom, about a foot or so above the mast step. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to their placement or size. They seem mostly random. The explanation to me was that "sometimes, when people race boats, they will drill holes in the mast to lighten it by a few ounces." Seriously?
So, I am wondering if any of you have ever seen this, and if this poses a problem, as in it weakens the mast. With the stresses the mast is under while under sail, it doesn't seem to be the best idea to put holes in it like this. The holes do seem to be old, and the boat was sailed up until 2 years ago, and all the holes seem to be older than that. If it were you, would you invest in the boat, or would you stay away because of the holes in the foot of the mast?
Any information/recommendations would be GREATLY appreciated. Please advise.
Last edited by JankyJ; 03-30-2010 at 11:55 PM.