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Hi,

When I took down my mast reciently, I noticed that parts were slowly decaying. I pushed my thumb through parts of the metal. Obviously, this didnt make me feel very good. The few places I''ve hunted down that make masts all make carbon fiber, which I''m pretty sure is both 1.) way of of my price range and 2.) pointless for my application.

If someone could tell me where I should go to find a suplier in the US, preferably in California (I dont imagine shipping a 26'' long object would be cheap) I''d apreciate it. Also, if anyone knows about how much I should expect to pay for a 26'' cruising stick.

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James

That length of mast won''t be too hard to find and transport. Just undersling the axles of some rednecks pick up and a way you go!!

But you will need to identify the mast section you currently have. Is it tapered or constant section; as well as spreader locations, masthead configuration and sail slide type. Next, check out one or all of the following:

NoCal based operations:

Seal''s Spars

http://www.sealsspars.com/index.html

Bellenger Spars

http://www.ballengerspars.com/

Bring plenty of money unless you are handy and can build the mast up yourself.

Or rummage through the boat yards.
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where to get a new, aluminum mast?

You can also try
http://www.RIGRITE.com/
http://www.usspars.com/
US Spar has some Hunter masts in there "specials" section that might be close enough but I think I would look for a marine salvage yard. A new mast is likely to cost you more in just shipping than you could buy a good used one for at a salvage yard.
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where to get a new, aluminum mast?

LaFiell can build you a mast and is in southern California, near Ontario. Check out their website at www.lafiell.com. My mast is a Lafiell and has lasted 30 years. They just built a mast for a friend of mine and did a great job.
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where to get a new, aluminum mast?

You can find some used rigging sometimes it is very good at Sailor Man on Hwy 84 in Ft Lauderdale Florida. Also if it is new you want Norsman in Ft Lauderdale but bring the bank. South Florida is a good place to look around and call a few people as they have so many boats people change gear like we change clothes. Try Lauderdale Yacht Basin. Summerfields Boat Works.
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I got a new mast from Sea Tek Marine in Willmington (Long Beach area). Did a great job.
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