Mast snapped 12/09/09
IN the early morning hours of Wednesday December 09, '09 A terrible storm struck west Georgia. Along with losing most of the roof of my home, the wind snapped the mast of our 27 bayliner buccanneer. It is in two peices broke even at the spreaders. It is currently in the weilding shop in LaGrange, GA, but a fellow sailor called me yesterday and said he has a mast off of a 25 Catalinia he is willing to sale.
My question is if the step plate from my old one will fit the CAL's:
1. does anybody know the approximate length of either
2. would I not be better off to have a mast that is not patched as opposed to one that is even if the new one is shorter?
3. Would a shorter mast's weight be close to the one I have now (I mean had.)
4 What I am missing in the problem?
Sorry to hear that... double whammy there..
Is the mast in a general welding shop, or a rigger's shop? This type of repair should be sleeved rather than simply welded back together.
You'll need to compare all dimensions or you'll be into sail and rigging modifications as well. You should also determine why your rig failed... a shroud or stay must have parted or failed.
Ultimately you'd be better off with a new mast to the original specs.. I'm assuming that you're not having your insurer fix this for you....
For what it's worth, very long masts are too long to fabricate/anodize, and are constructed in sections.
Do not just weld!
Standard practice is to insert a sleeve inside the mast at the 2 piece interface.
Hope this helps.
I have to agree. I recently had a de-masting and learned a lot in the process. Other than taking a few inches off the base and sleeving a small area, a mast should never be overhauled. Its just one piece of extruded metal, multiple damage areas compromise the mast as a whole. It sounds like you need to bite the bullet and go with a new mast. If you decide to use a different mast from a different boat I would recommend that you make sure you are within 6 inches in height as that's what your boat was designed and rigged for. Any other variance could result in ????
Sailboatdata.com will be able to tell you a lot about rig dimensions.
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