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replacing a broken mast
If you''re in Florida try the boatyards in Ft.Pierce for a used mast. I was there a few days after the last hurricane and masts for were available. Many boats were blown over and hulls damaged beyond repair.
Another method is to contact spar shops that provide OEM masts to production boat mfgs. I did this with a 34'' Islander and bought a leftover extrusion from a production run of 300 boats. They took the Islander''s plans and built the rig up from there. The mast, boom, winch pads, masthead, aluminum spreaders and all attachments, etc completed and ready to mount for approx 25% of retail. I had to do the wire, terminals, turnbuckles, etc.
As a topic of interest on bent masts...one of the locals here sailed his Rawson 30 ketch to Austrailia from Florida. During the passage an upper shroud let go and the aluminum main mast bent above the spreaders but didn''t break. He jury rigged it to Austrailia and bent the mast back...then sailed back to Florida.