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Went to view a boat we're considering purchasing this past weekend.

Boat looks good, we like it a lot, and will get ALL the surveys done if we make an offer and it's accepted.

Question: Would this make you run away? It's the point where the mast transits through the deck. What you're seeing is black plastic shims, spray foam (expanding) and a big hose clamp holding the shims.




It looks like a fix to align the mast.

(Data point, this is a 1997 C400 with in-boom furling, maybe this is not the OEM mast?)

This was not noted in a 2014 survey, so it was either done after 2014 or it is not unusual.

Let me know if this would prevent you from making an offer.

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Would this make you run away?

Mast wedges are common. most are installed from the top so the will not fall out,used buy riggers but not the spray foam, there are better ways to seal the mast to the cabin top. Google mast wedge, spartite
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Re: Would this make you run away?

I had a keel stepped mast.. they all leak is the word on them. The wedges should be in the top. there is also a pin that you can't see from the bottom. foam. it may be the feeble attempt to stop the water that ALWAYS seems to come in on a keel stepped mast.

but no IMO. that is a not a reason to run. In boom furling may be why the mast has been in and out how many times? .

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Re: Would this make you run away?

Sorry I didn't know this, our S2 is a deck stepped design.

Thanks, folks, for the reassurance and for sharing your knowledge!
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Re: Would this make you run away?

Not the prettiest job, good thing you've got the mast wrap.

Not a big deal, and you can always 'fix' it.

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Re: Would this make you run away?

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Went to view a boat we're considering purchasing this past weekend.

Boat looks good, we like it a lot, and will get ALL the surveys done if we make an offer and it's accepted.

Question: Would this make you run away? It's the point where the mast transits through the deck. What you're seeing is black plastic shims, spray foam (expanding) and a big hose clamp holding the shims.




It looks like a fix to align the mast.

(Data point, this is a 1997 C400 with in-boom furling, maybe this is not the OEM mast?)

This was not noted in a 2014 survey, so it was either done after 2014 or it is not unusual.

Let me know if this would prevent you from making an offer.

Thanks for your help!
Wedges go way back into the square-rigger days. However, as others have said, they should be installed from above. A proper job on a square-rigger, the wedges would completely ring the mast, be gently rounded, and have a lip that keeps them from slipping through. The whole affair would be covered in heavy canvas and tarred to keep the water out.

Having said that, such an inappropriate, poorly executed job would give me some concern about other repairs that I couldn't see. I think I would have one more, very detailed look, stem to stern before spending money on a survey.
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