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Re: Rigging question
stumble while I agree on some points with you it means little when you have a failure that will make you lose tension on one side hence buckling the mast
the mast will go down if this happens keel stepped or not
where it fails changes
and I also dont beleive that deck stepped masts(the mast itself) is much much weaker
that is a false statement
the partners like you say add stiffness and keel stepped masts act much more in unison with the whole boat if you will especially if tangs are used at the deck entrance to andf from the mast to other points of the hull
I guess we see things a bit differently
again I prefer keel stepped....I also think keel stepped masts suffer less from oil canning hulls versus deck stepped
especially if the support beam on said boats has failed or sagged or detached from the underside of the deck mast step which is common on many old boats
oh and just to play devils advocate deck step masts do have their pros...tabernacling them is one and also in the off chance you lose both lowers and uppers on side by mistake, failure, etc it is possible that the mast simply lean over into the water and have much less damage
when a keel step mast fails damage usually is catastrophic.
ever see a hobie mast fail?
it just plops over to the side and bam into the water tie it up again and your good to go....
wish it were that easy on bigger boats
Merit 25 sold...Islander 36 still afloat? who knows...Im still in Columbus, and back...I think...jajajaja!!!!
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Last edited by christian.hess; 04-11-2014 at 08:20 PM.