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Leak-proof seals will.
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That will not work either...

look I have been looking at this problem for over 25 years now, ok??

Unless I am really stupid, which may be the case...THERE IS NO SOLUTION THAT WORKS...IT WOULD HAVE BEEN INVENTED LONG TIME AGO....water will still find its way on the outside and the mast foot cover leak by...
Well, I guess the question is "what is the objective?"

If the objective is to totally eliminate all water getting into the boat through a keel-stepped mast then I agree that is impossible.

However, if the objective is simply to reduce the amount of water getting in, then there are measures that one might try: a good mast boot, stuffing the sail track full of "duct seal" or other sealant, and maybe attempting to seal off the interior of the mast with something like what Henderson described.

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Maybe I am just lucky, but I don't have this problem. My original C&C spar does not seem to leak. I keep my boat on a mooring, and perhaps having the wind always come over the bow helps.

I followed Don Casey's excellent advice and used a section of a tractor tire tube for a mast boot. (It has to go on before you step the mast.) This is clamped to the mast and to the mast collar with a stainless hose clamp, and the luff groove is filled with goop at the the top of the boot.

I haven't done it yet but I am making a canvas "over boot" that will hide the inner tube section from view and block UV that might degrade the rubber.

The whole deal is shown at page 24 of Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair by Don Casey.
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Leak-proof seals will.

OK please provide a link to one that works....
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I guess ther is no such thing as the perfect boat.
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Maybe I am just lucky, .....but I don't have this problem. My original C&C spar does not seem to leak.

I followed Don Casey's excellent advice and used a section of a tractor tire tube for a mast boot. (It has to go on before you step the mast.) This is clamped to the mast and to the mast collar with a stainless hose clamp, and the luff groove is filled with goop at the the top of the boot.
I think you're lucky, yes...

Here is a picture of my mast boot (if thats what you call it). It is sold as a mast boot, specifically for my mast, by sparcraft. I have the mast track sealed with black sikaflex, and water still get in. We even made a huge lip around the mast deck hole. Water still gets in. Not a lot, but gets in.

It runs along the inside and the outside of the mast.

Tired of this problem for many many many years, when Giulietta was built, the solution was very simple. I moved the fron bulkhead back, and installed the mast inside the shower in the front head. It still leaks, but who cares????


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Tired of this problem for many many many years, when Giulietta was built, the solution was very simple. I moved the fron bulkhead back, and installed the mast inside the shower in the front head. It still leaks, but who cares????
That was really done so he could practice his poledancing in private... His wife was complaining about it... If the wife's not happy, nobody is happy.

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That was really done so he could practice his poledancing in private... His wife was complaining about it... If the wife's not happy, nobody is happy.
Hey wasn't that the reason they invented deck stepped masts????????? So they could install those shinny stainless mast steps in the sallon..
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I'm just glad I ate lunch before I read those last couple of posts.
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I'm just glad I ate lunch before I read those last couple of posts.

Charlie, posts ....like in....dance posts????????

You can read those????
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