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New Mast or New Boat?

"Red Rider" my 33' Ranger was dismasted in hurricane Ike. I am trying to determine the cost of replacing the mast which buckled just below the yoke for the boom, and is also dented badly in various spots along the sail track. The masthead (which was welded on solid) was knocked off but I have found it, but would like to moderize it to better accomdidate a spinnaker if I decide to rebuild.

If anyone has any info on vendors that could supply a new mast please email me here or at

The mast is only part of the damage as the transom was busted up by other boats (which caused a backstay failure and ultimately dismasting) but I am trying to estimate repairs in order to make a decision of repairing or walking away and onto a new boat....which is not my first choice...but may be made for me if the price of restoration is too high.

thanks in advance for any help.
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Sorry to hear about your Ranger. If you are insured, I suspect the repairs may be close to the market value of a boat of that age and they will declare it a total loss.

One source of masts is Sparcraft (Sparcraft - Sailboat Mast - Boom - Riggings - Fitting - Vangs - Poles)
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I lost the entire rig plus main and jib on a 1976 moody 33. The insurance company declared it a total loss.

I doubt that you would be able to replace the mast and keep the standing rigging. There are probably some kinks and twists in the stays now anyway. I would guess a new rig would be some where in the neighborhood of 15,000.

There is one company that will repair masts by welding a collar around the break. I forget their name.

For a new mast check out Cape Cod Shipbuilders they have a division called zepher spars. We spent 45 minutes talking to the president of the company who was extremely helpful.

Someone else recommend Metal Mast in CT.
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