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Mast step repair? Marsh Hen.

Hello Everyone,

I have an oportunity to buy a 1981 Marsh Hen. It has a few issues, the worse of which is a broken out mast step. The bottom is not affected. The step is broken fore and aft. The only othe thing is a badly pitted mast. Everything else looks good. Especially the sail.
My question is could someone give me a ballpark figure of cost + man hours to fix the step? Complete step rebuild would be the job.
I did a search but could not find any threads on the subject.
I got the owner down $2500 after mentioning the damage. Everything else on the boat I could fix myself.
I guess they only made 40 of these, but I am not a collector, I just want to sail.

Thanks for any help,
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Jack
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Re: Mast step repair? Marsh Hen.

Could someone give me a ballpark figure of cost + man hours to fix the step?

I would have thought a boat yard or boat dealer would be the best people to ask .
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Re: Mast step repair? Marsh Hen.

You might be better off asking the question over here:
Hensnest : A site for owners/admirers of The Hens
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Re: Mast step repair? Marsh Hen.

A lot depends on structure. Not ever having seen a MH inside, up close; it's a guess at best.....

2 hr tear out/prep
4 hr mfgr parts and finish
3 hr glass in and fair as needed
add an hour for clean-up makes 10 hrs. Figger no less than $65/hr for yard labor Materials at cost of (real rough!) $150 makes it an even $800.

YMMV with yard rates, how much ya do yerself..why not? and where ya source materials.

Doesn;t sound *THAT* bad a job for DIY

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