Last week while sailing the port side chain plate let go on my O'Day 22. The bottom of the mast ended up getting bent about 2 -3 inches up from the base. I am not sure what to do. My first inclination is to cut it past the bad section (about 4 - 5 inches from the base) and make new stays and shrouds to fit the new length. Does anyone see a problem with doing this? (I have attached some pics of the mast)
Also, the chain plate was a deck mounted one. I need to put a new one in. I plan on replacing the starboard one too. I am thinking I will replace them with another deck mounted set. Would it be better to use a regular chain plate that bolts to the side of the hull?
Thanks in advance for your help and advice,
I can't offer advise, just sympathy. Sorry to hear that!
Sorry to hear that too.
Some pictures would help a lot (as you promised) :)
Without knowing anything specific about the O'Day, you might be able to get that section repaired by cutting it, adding an inner-sleeve, and then riveting a piece of new aluminium profile to replace the bottom 4 inches (or whatever). Several mast has been repaired like this, and some (older) are made that way from birth.
It also sounds like a great idea to replace all the chain plates.
The boom will be lowered as much as you cut the mast. It is a better idea to add a small piece (same length as you cut) to the mast. This way you can use the same stays and the boom will not be lowered.
Thanks for the input from all!!!
I have been unsuccessful in uploading the photos.
I like the idea of splicing the amount I cut off using a sleeve. However, I am unfamiliar with that technique. What do I use for a sleeve? Any piece of aluminum? Plus, I need to find a 4" piece to splice to the bottom of the mast. If I could upload the pics you'd notice that their is a pin that goes through the side of the mast. This is used for stepping it. I would need to add that too.
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