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I am looking at a 2002 Hunter 240. The owner is not available to talk to. The top part of the mast is bent with a slight curve from the shrouds up; looks as if he ran the boat under a bridge. The mast is in O.K. shape with no cracks or abrasions at all. I am asking the experienced sailors out there if a slight curve would be a problem.
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Re: Hunter 240

A lot of the Hunters were made with a B & R rig that has no back stay, spreaders that are swept back and mast that does curve somewhat. That could be completely normal.


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I don't think it hit anything, on magnification it looks to me like the spreader tips were supporting the mast on the cabin top after the crutch broke/bent. Probably had a blue tarp and extra snow load on it for a while too. A bend like that would be a problem on a standing rig but that MAY straighten out when the forestay is tensioned.

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Re: Hunter 240

I guess that I don't see the bend with the picture being taken on an angle.

Looks to me like the top of the mast is still sitting in the crutch, and I can't tell from the front if there is any damage to the crutch.

It also looks to me like the boat was not tarped. Having kept my WWP15 beside my house, on a wooded lot, I always kept the boat tarped if it wasn't in my garage. I don't know if all the stains will come out of the fiberglass. Yes, cosmetic only, but the boat should have been tarped.

Regarding a possible bent mast, I would step the mast and see how the furler and the mainsheet hang. If they appear okay, and the shrouds then I personally wouldn't worry too much.

My guess is that you will find mildew inside the boat. Not a big deal, but likely will also need to be cleaned. Check the sails as well. You may, or may not find mildew of them, in which case they may need to be cleaned.

I think the boat will clean up nicely.

I can't wait for this public health crisis to be over, so I sell my WWP15 and start looking for my retirement boat!

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Re: Hunter 240

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I don't think it hit anything, on magnification it looks to me like the spreader tips were supporting the mast on the cabin top after the crutch broke/bent. Probably had a blue tarp and extra snow load on it for a while too. A bend like that would be a problem on a standing rig but that MAY straighten out when the forestay is tensioned.
I believed that model has swept back spreaders. Looks normal to me.

Also to the OP, mast are not perfectly straight and will have some prebend towards the stern of the boat. This is adjustable on some boats with an adjustable back stay.
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