My boat, a 1986 O'day 35, has a keel stepped mast. This past winter the mast was unstepped for storage, then stepped in the spring. The yard placed the wedges when the mast was stepped. I tuned the rigging.
After I tuned the rid, I noticed that the mast boot didn't look right. The most forward wedge seems to be sitting too high. The one next to it is also high, but not as high.
I just got back from a nice sailing weekend. During the trip we had winds up to 25 kts. Over the course of the weekend, three wedges dropped into the boat.
What would cause a wedge to drop out? Is it because the hard put some wedges in the wrong position (smaller wedge on the side and larger wedge forward)? Is it because the rig wasn't tuned properly?
How do I correct this?
I had the same problem with my Islander when I bought it five years ago. Replaced the mast wedges with a product I believe was called spartight. Never had the probelm again or any leaking around the mast.
Barry..my guess is some hull flex and a too loose rig allowed the wedges todrop out. Suggest you try the "rope wrap" method. It works great!
Either Spartite or Cam's rope a dope method are good. :) then re-tension the rig once the mast partners cure.
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