Re: Dismasted/1964 Challenger
Was only able to get the port side chain plate out and either it has been replaced in the recent past or it was done right in 1964. It is is pretty durn good condition, all in all. Very stout design. I suspect I will be able to un-bend it and re-use.
Am also hammering out the last design details for the mast. I will be replacing the boom with a Dwyer section. Closet to original is the DM 275 (2.75 inch tall, 1.75 wide) and the mast fabber is suggesting DM 375 (3.75 tall 2.25 wide)- do I need that much boom? I have not had any structural problems with the smaller section and if I don't need to add the weight and, more so, the added height (boom to head) I would be happy spending a little less money, too. The upside, maybe is that there is a heavier-duty gooseneck assembly that goes with it.
Thots on boom sizing?