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As I mentioned in a post over in Gear & Maintenance, a mishap at the overcrowded Pennsauken Municipal Boat Ramp near Philly yesterday will require mast replacement. I'm relieved to hear from comments in that thread that transplanting the hardware and standing rigging from damaged mast to new could be doable at home but I'm still inclined to hire a professional rigger to see the job done precisely when the new mast is delivered if the price is right. Could anyone recommend a rigger not too far from Philly, either to do the job in my driveway with the masts side by side or by bringing the old and new masts to their location? Willing to drive to the Northern Chesapeake if needed.
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Husband and wife team. I was very impressed by both.

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Husband and wife team. I was very impressed by both.

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Agreed, Dobbs and Suzanne of Walden Rigging do great work, you should give them a call.
I did not see your original post, what kind of boat was damaged? You may be able to find a used mast.
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Thanks for the helpful experience. I’ve now contacted them and will see if we can work something out. My low post count doesn’t permit me to link to the other post on this subject, titled “Trailer-sailer mast replacement advice”, but it’s for my beloved 2012 Montgomery 15 “Aino”. A painfully stupid incident I’ll certainly learn from. I did opt to buy a new mast from Dwyer, not as expensive as I’d feared, so the only question that remains is whether I do the transplanting myself when it arrives or leave it to pros.

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I did opt to buy a new mast from Dwyer, not as expensive as Id feared, so the only question that remains is whether I do the transplanting myself when it arrives or leave it to pros.
Montgomerys are the Cadillac of trailer sailors good luck with your repair. If you have a drill and a riveter, you could probably do the repairs yourself and come away with a new skill set.
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I've finally heard back from Suzanne that they're booked for months. On the off chance that there's another pro in the area who might be able to do this relatively small job, I'd be grateful for any other recommendations but am gearing up to do it solo if need be. I appreciate the replies so far!

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I've finally heard back from Suzanne that they're booked for months. On the off chance that there's another pro in the area who might be able to do this relatively small job, I'd be grateful for any other recommendations but am gearing up to do it solo if need be. I appreciate the replies so far!
Put the two masts side by side and layout and match the new mast to the old mast. Align and layout all your hole locations, mark them with a pencil or pen mark. After you have it layed out get a carpenter or mechanic friend to double check your work before drilling. Use a nail driver or punch to mark the center of the hole locations so the drill does not walk on you. Then drill the holes and rivet the hardware into place.

Another possibility is if you do much of the layout and ground work, you might be able to get a pro to squeeze you in to help out if your project is only an hour or two worth of work.

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My thought for closest to you would be Winter's Marina in Riverside, NJ
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My thought for closest to you would be Winter's Marina in Riverside, NJ
Thanks for the tip. Looks like I'm going to be brave and do it alone but glad to know there's a fallback option nearby if I make a mess of the job. Any chance you're one of those lucky folks who keeps a Hobie on the beach in Ocean City? I was walking by the rows of private cats parked on the sand at about 40th st last weekend and wishing I could rent one but looks like one has to go to BayCats at the top of the island for that.

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