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I recently placed the 1988 capri 14.2 I purchased on a mooring in Naragansett Bay. Yesterday, the 20+ breezes blew my mast off the mast base tearing the bottom 1.5 inches of aluminum off the mast.
Following a discussion with two friends, I have the following questions:
1. Although, a stay did not break, I am wondering whether I need to increase the diameter of the stays that came with the boat (or double them up, or add a front stay along with the furling jib, or was the problem related to lack of tensioning of the stay?

2. Can I saw the remainder of the torn aluminum off the mast resulting in a mast that is 1.5 inches shorter and adjust the stays accordingly?

As a sailing novice, any advice is greatly appreciated!
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I would go to--

On the far right hand side of the site navigation bar click on "Contact" . I think you can send a message to customer service and ask them.

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Mast repair

Hard to say exactly what happened without at least having pictures, but my guess would be that you did not have your stays and shrouds tight enough, that you did not have the mast firmly seated on its mast-foot.

You should not need to replace the rigging unless it already fully tightened on the turnbuckles and still allows this to happen or if it is showing signs of wear and all the other usuall indicators.

Most especially check whatever system you have going as a mast foot. The mast should not just "sit" on your deck with it''s hollow aluminium tube. There needs to be a foot of some sort. Check that for potential problems.

As to repairs. You could theoretically shorten the mast by 1.5inches...but I would prefer to sleave and rivet in a replacement section (especially as there is zero flex and no "weight aloft" issue at all). If the mast fell all the way over, go over it carefully and look for dents and crimps. These will radically weaken the mast and will effectively render it unreliable and worth replacing.

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