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A bendy mast , while having it's advantage on a racing yacht , is a liability on a cruising boat. A mast failure in a racing boat is nowhere near as dangerous as a mast failure in mid Pacific, where it could mean months of slow sailing under a jury rig , while running out of food and water. The much greater consequences of mast failure on a cruising yacht are just to great to make a bendy mast worth the risk.
Some racing boats have been showing up at races with several bendy masts on a trailer , expecting to break one or two. No offshore cruising boat could afford to be that cavalier about rig safety.
It was interesting , tho, to see a Kiwi boat win the America's cup with a mast as stiff as a brick Brings into question the value of a bendy mast.
My mast arch is a half inch steel plate on edge under a steel deck; no chance of any water ingression.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"