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Question Keel Stepped Mast corrosion question.

Hi guys, while I am not new to boating I am new to this size of yachts. I grew up sailing C-Scows and now I want something bigger that I can sail around the USA. I am looking at the following:

A 43' Gulfstar Center Cockpit Ketch.

Looking over this yacht I thought I better post a question about this mast base. I have added a picture link of the problem base. First can this mast be fixed? If so how?

Also, I am having problems finding a mast supplier that can give me an “about price range” for both a replacement aluminum mast and carbon fiber – any ideas?

Is there a place that you can find USED replacement aluminum and carbon fiber masts?


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I think any good yard could restore that mast for you. Probably need to cut of f corroded end and fabricate a sleeve for the bottom of the mast. Probably would be advisable to prep and 2-part paint the mast before re-installing.
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I agree with Cam that the mast can be fixed. Also, does the mast sit on some sort of a step in the bilge? It it's a metal step, check that for corrosion as well. you may want to think about building up the step to keep the mast base up higher out of the bilge water. There are any number of ways to do that.
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I dont think the mast is the only thing that needs repair. The outboard in the background looks like it needs a few hours spent on it as well.
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You could also cut off a few inches off of the bottom of the mast and raise the mast step by the same amount. This is a pretty standard way of dealing with such corrosion of the mast... and doesn't require you to re-rig the boat at all. It is often easier and less expensive than re-building the mast step, and can often be a stronger repair.
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If you are looking for a new mast - check with Seco South in Largo, FL. They will give you prices and I have found them the best priced around.
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Thanks for your input on this guys, I will pass on this yacht as this is only a start of the problems it has!

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Replace corroded mast step

I am finally taking care of a long neglected item on my Pearson 303. The mast step and bottom edge of the mast are corroded. The yard wants to cut a couple of inches of the mast and install new step on top of a fiberglassed wood block to make up the difference. Seems reasonable to me, but I recall from years ago when I was active on this list, there was a company that one could send the cut off portion of the mast to, and they would manufacture a new step, I believe out of delrin, that would make up the difference.

Anybody familiar with a company that could do it? Any other suggestions?

thanks for any input,
Peter Lindeman
P 303, Blue Chip
Charleston
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