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passport 40 - deck mounted mast

Greetings all - Does anybody out there have anything good or bad to say about the deck mounted masts on the Passport 40s from the 1980s? Or deck mounted masts on blue water boats in general? There is a nice P40 for sale in my neighborhood, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the mast ending at the deck....... Thanks. MH
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found the "is one better than the other thread" on same topic

so no need to reply unless you feel like typing! Thanks.
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Nothing wrong with having one less hole through the deck, especially a big one...
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I had thought all Passport 40's were keel stepped! What kind of stay system does the deck stepped one you are looking at have? There are a bunch of P40 owners at Messages that you can ask.
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I wonder if that's like the old Cal 40's, where some hulls apparently were sold for home-finishing and some owners decided to deck-step the mast? (I saw one, otherwise I wouldn't have believed it.)

In theory if the rig is right anything is right but the general "gut feeling" among sailors seems to be that if the stick goes to the keel, it is simply more robust. Doesn't mean that's right or wrong--just what most folks feel about it.

I'd definitely say to pay attention to the rigging, if it is still original it is time for re-rigging in any case. And maintaining it correctly.
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