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Re: Friend's "clever" idea to cut mast off at deck...
My recollection is that the Wavelength 24 is a double spreader rig with a comparatively light 'MORC' spar. It would be possible to cut it at the deck but it would not be easy. You would want to build a compression post at that had a plate at the top that was reinforced to transfer moment through the deck, yu would want to glass over the opening and beef up the deck in that area to distribute the loads, and you would want to weld a moment connected baseplate on the bottom of the mast. When the mast was erected, you would end up bolting the two plates together to transfer the loads.If you want to see what that looks like, take a look at a Laser 28.
Its a lot of work that is beyond anything that I would ever want to do to a great boat like the Wavelength.
For what it was worth, when I was thinking of sailing my boat to Europe I had considered doing something similar with my mast so that I could jettison, it offshore before it sank the boat if the mast went over for some reason.
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