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Re: mast bend
Hi all, just noticed something about my 1986 Pearson 303.The mast about 3 foot from the top has a slight bend in it. The bend is toward the stern all standing riggings appear to be fine. Is this a problem or was the mast built this way. thanks
That is a problem. The 303 was designed and built with single spreader rig, inline spreaders and a stiff spar that should not not have a bend in it at the area that you describe. It is possible to have the upper and lower shrouds out of tune which would create a slight curvature from side to side, but that would be distributed over the length of the mast.
With a keel stepped mast (and no baby stay) it is also possible to have some fore and aft curvature, but again, that would be gentle and pretty much spread evenly over the length of the mast.
Localized as you describe, it sounds like your spar has been damaged at some point.
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