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I need a mast for a 223 starwind. current mast is 28.6 long. I understand I could cut down longer mast. any help on this would be greatly appreciated!!
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Track down local (or nearby) riggers and sailmakers. They will probably know about masts laying about from insurance write-offs and storm damage etc. A rigger can also make you a new mast, of course. Cutting down a longer mast is often problematic because the longer mast will likely be a different/heavier section, likely a different profile and not a good fit for your existing step or partners. Is there a maker's label on the old stick? That would help in tracking down a similar one that will fit best. Someone knowledgeable about Starwinds may well know the OEM for the rigs on the boats when built.


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What Faster said. Try to find a mast that is as close to your current one as possible, and not shorter, or you will not be able to use existing sails, or will have to lower the boom (watch out for your head). Few inches longer should not be a problem and I would not cut it. You will likely have to do some modifications to the hardware and standing rigging. Brand new replacement masts can be very expensive. Your boat has a fractional rig and thus lighter mast than same length masthead rigged boats.
Doable, but a bit more complicated than most people expect.

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