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Help- Cut/Reduced Mast Size Effect Question

Im looking at purchasing a 10 yr old Hylas 46 and was just advised that the mast has been cut down 12" because the previous owner hit a low bridge with the foil of the roller furling staysail, which torqued fittings in the mast. They said that the mfg (hylas designer) was ok with the reduction of 1 foot if the rigging wasnt going to be replaced completely.
So it was cut down a foot and the staysail reduced. Any and all thoughts PLEASE.
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I thought I replied to this but I guess it did not go through...

I checked out the same thing with Catalina a while back. I was going to have my mast cut down for bridge clearance. They said I could do it, but would lose some performance.

I guess my question is: WHo did the work? DId he take it to a reputable yard, have it demasted, cut and put back together by knowledgeable people? Or, did Billy Bob get a six pack of beer and a hack saw and mosey up the mast one Saturday Night??

Take the boat out on TWO test sails. One in typical conditions, another in a blow. How does the boat respond? Do you have enough of a weather helm? Is she balanced? Look up the mast. Does it have a good rake in it? Or, if it is roller furling, is it straight? Find a really good surveyor and have him look at it. If you do not know one, PM me and ask. I know a great one.

I personally would not have a problem with it if the above was ok. Given the circumstances, I would insist on two test sails though.

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