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Old 10-07-2010   #1
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I have the opportunity to purchase a mast and boom off a 45' boat. I have a 35' boat. The mast is keel stepped. Can a mast be modified to fit?
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Maybe.....

- is the section not too big?
- single, double or triple spreaders? applies to both situations
- what's involved in repositioning spreader roots for the geometry to make sense for the smaller boat? What about leftover holes?
- is the mast off a deck stepped boat?... is the 'butt' appropriate for the new situation? or will your 'cut' form the butt?

in all likelihood the changes required would not make sense to do... unless it's a mast section of the larger boat and no fittings have been located on it.

Also depends on how the total lengths compare.. though I doubt the Baba has a particularly tall mast so the 45 footer's is likely too long unless it came off a ketch....

Simple question, but not such a simple answer... Knothead!! help!!
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Why would you purchase a mast that is likely too large, too heavy, and too tall, just to chop it apart and try and bastardize it to fit your boat.
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Why would you purchase a mast that is likely too large, too heavy, and too tall, just to chop it apart and try and bastardize it to fit your boat.
See?... now that's what I was trying to say - perhaps a little less economically....
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Yes, economics. Saving me $7000. OK..so that won't work. How about a good rigger in the San Diego area?
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Masts do vary allot between boats and designs. Do you know what mfg made your present or damaged mast? I would think circumference would be the most important measurement of potential replacement. which boat was keel stepped, yours? What make boat you have might help too.
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