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Mast Repair? Sleaving/Lengthening?

Where in the world is some info on lengthening/sleeving masts? I've googled to no avail. I called Rudy at D&R Marine with the hopes that he can find what I need to restore my mast to it's original height. It appears that i'm missing 1'5" from it. I normally wouldn't care so much, but being that I have a pop top I would like to utilize it to the fullest. Thanks in advance guys and gals.

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Is the mast step on the deck or keel? If it is the keel, the simplest repair is to have a spacer fabricated to raise the mast. This is a common repair for boats with severe step and mast base corrosion. I'm not sure if that would work if the step is on the deck.
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Is the mast step on the deck or keel? If it is the keel, the simplest repair is to have a spacer fabricated to raise the mast. This is a common repair for boats with severe step and mast base corrosion. I'm not sure if that would work if the step is on the deck.
It's keel stepped. Currently it is fixed how you described. I'm not happy with that at all. The boxed step also gets in the way when making your way through the cabin. I can't live with a foot and a half boxed step protruding from the sole.

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A picture would be very helpful. That said, would something like this work, in that the riser to replace the bottom of the mast is of the same diameter as the mast?



This one is for a Pearson 365, which was prone to corrosion at the mast base due to the use of steel step with an aluminum mast.
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I'll post some pics after work tonight. Picture in your mind a 6"x6" aluminum box probably a foot tall screwed into the sole.

That is very nice looking. My mast was cut because it was dropped. If I can find a length of mast to bring it back up to snuff, then that's the route I'd like to take. These huge steps are hideous.

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Raising the mast step may be a more cost effective alternative.

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And it shows. That's what i'm trying to resolve now. My entire setup is dangerous as it sits right now. There is no way i'm sailing the boat as is. The standing rigging needs replaced along with making sure the mast stays where it's supposed to. The sole is soft so eventually the mast will pump it's way through and continue the carnage. It will be fixed properly, that's the only way I know.

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Here's what I have right now, it's really frickin ugly!





Since the sole is getting cut out and redone, I would like to return it to the way it was.

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go to a fab. shop and have them get a piece of tube the same diameter as the widest part (for and aft) section of your mast. weld a cap on top and a flange on the bottom. when you redo your sole allow for mounting and fastening riser section.
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go to a fab. shop and have them get a piece of tube the same diameter as the widest part (for and aft) section of your mast. weld a cap on top and a flange on the bottom. when you redo your sole allow for mounting and fastening riser section.
Hmm, yah it would look better.

Is there no one that has repaired their mast? Or good articles on the topic?

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