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Question mast repair

My mast is dented where the spreaders attach. I want to have the sockets cut out and welded back on with plates under them to make the mast flat(oval) again. I will be sailing on a small lake. The mast is 30' tall. Does that type of repair compromise safety. I can't really afford a new mast and don't see any used ones I like coming up when I search.Thanks
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Don't forget to put in a compression post. That will prevent the mast from "denting" in that location again.
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Dawgs right . . . gotta have a compression post in there.
I hope all works well with the current one . . . but if it doesn't . . .

I went on a mast search once for my old Ocean Racer. You'd be surprised how many are out there in boat yards and marinas. Long time sailboat dealers will often have a pile of them laying out back. Call around.


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It would help if you said where you sailed and what kind of boat you have. Some boats are common enough that masts from them are fairly easy to find... others...not so much.
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I needed a 24 foot mast with 11 foot boom on another boat. My quotes were in the 5000 range. I found that the Catalina 25 mast would have been perfect for my needs and was quoted 1500 from the factory. Some yea-hoo got hurt with one and the company cut off sales to the public. There's always that guy out there that sues somebody and screws it up for the rest of us isn’t there?

Masts are outrageous in cost these days. I can buy my boat off Yachtworld for less than the cost of a new mast. If I ever have the need for one that's exactly what I'll do.
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