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You'd need to check for that boat. Sometimes the problem is the original location of the factory, or the boat when a replacement mast has to be shipped. Over-the-road trucking had 40-45' length limits and anything longer went oversize at steep cost penalties, so sometimes spars "had" to be shipped in two pieces and spliced.
If the mast is not bendy, and the splice is done properly, in theory it is perfectly good. if the PO or the broker claims they do not know whether this is original--they're either inept or shamming. That's the kind of thing a boat owner and seller really SHOULD know, it they have any grasp about mechanical things on their boat. (You know, like changing the oil, charging the batteries, pumping the bilge.)