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Re: rain water entering bilge thru mast.
We had a couple of unused halyard exit slots on one of our rigs.. we covered them with sail repair tape the same colour as the mast.. it definitely reduced the amount of water finding its way into the mast.
Sealing the mast boot around the outside is not terribly difficult.. but dealing with, and esp preventing altogether, water that can find its way into the inside of the tube is quite difficult. I know those who have put dedicated catchments to try to keep the bilge dry, I've seen 'floors' inside the mast too, but as mentioned before wiring and internal halyards can interfere...
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