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Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

Hello all,

So the rigger (very nice and knowledgeable guy) pulled my mast yesterday from my Pearson Triton. He says I need all need standing rigging, which kind of makes sense. He's also concerned about the mast itself. It has a long area of doubling riveted to the spreader area that kind of points to some damage from the past. So now I'm pondering having to replace the mast. In the meantime I'm thinking about converting the boat to a masthead rig to get rid of the crazy jumper strut arrangement and make using a spinaker easier.

Anyway, a new mast is probably out of my budget. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for finding a used mast of similar size and height. It looks like I would need something at least 28.5' (so let's say 29') to make a masthead rig.

If you know of any masts floating around Triton or otherwise, please let me know.

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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

PS I'm wondering if a Tartan 27 mast might be a good candidate?
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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

I don't know much about masts, can you get something taller if need be and cut it down..??

How boat specific are they really ?

Are there boat salvage yards that would inventory this ?

Shipping would/could be a big $$ if found 1,000 miles away I imagine..?
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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

I should have said, I'm in Massachusetts. I think it would be expensive to ship anything very far.

I think I could cut down a longer mast.
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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

check out massmarineparts.com in Quincy Mass (aka Continental Yachts). They are a salvage yard who scrap dozens of power and sailboats a year. They will have lots of masts and they also have an onsite rigging service who might be able to do the whole job for you turnkey. And they have trucks so can deliver your mast.

I've bought used items from them several times... and do not be afraid to counter-offer their stated price; they'll deal.

Make an appointment before going to the yard as they keep uncertain hours.
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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

Thanks...I've seen them before but forgot about them.

Their prices seem a bit ridiculous (although I've noticed that all marine salvage prices are ridiculous). Do they haggle much?

Oh...I just noticed you answered my question already!

I really wish marine surplus stores would price their stuff somewhat realistically...
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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

Is it feasible to have a repair done to your mast? Perhaps had a welder reinforce the suspect area then just repaint the entire rig?

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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

My current mast already has a repair (doubled aluminum riveted to the mast) at the spreaders. What the rigger said and what makes total sense is that this is making a hard spot on the mast and is likely to work harden and fail there. It most likely is a repair of a previous failure.

I'm in for at least a whole new set of running rigging. I'm also interested in converting the boat to a masthead boat. As much as I don't want to part with any money, it seems stupid to invest $1500 for wire + labor into a suspect mast. I wasn't planning on doing any of this but I'm hoping to rebuild the boat the way I want, one system at a time, so I'm inclined to go whole hog on it and get it over with.
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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

Take a good look at the cross-section of your mast, and compare it to the mast sections on RigRite.com.

Try to figure out what kind of spar manufacture you have. Then, just try to find any mast of that type, that is as long or longer. You can cut it down to fit.

There must be a million, derelict old boats out there, using your type of cross-section that would be a viable donor, for cheap.
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Re: Might have to replace my Pearson Triton Mast

This should be the link to the correct spar/mast section for your boat.
http://www.rigrite.com/Spars/Kenyon_...3550-Mast.html
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