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Re: Mast Step leak PSC 34
Interesting to stumble across this thread...
Yes, Lefiell has shut down their marine division. We bought our new mast/boom from them in 2014 for our refit and I think ours was the last set of spars they made. At that time, the marine department was down to one guy, and I'm quite certain he retired after our order was fulfilled. Didn't know of the sale to Forespar though.
After our full refit, after enduring Hurricane Irma and a subsequent year of repairs, and after 1,000 or so miles sailed since the Irma repairs...we have water running down our wires in the mast. This has just started with a set of squalls over the past few days. (We're in Marathon, FL.) This is a first for us, and the only new holes in the mast are from Irma repairs: the replacement radar cabling and mount; the loudhailer cabling and mount; the VHF antenna mount; the wind speed/direction transducer; and the spreader lights. (The VHF antenna and wind speed/direction unit used existing mounts, but were still removed and reinstalled for cabling replacement.) Right now, it is a mere trickle, but trickles unchecked can become torrents. What is peculiar in our case, is the water seems to only run down one side - the aft side - of the compression post where the cabling and wood touch. Surface tension causes it to 'puddle' in the tiny gaps between wire and wire ties. The visible portions of the conduit, etc., and forward side of the post are dry.
The rig was down for the storm repairs, but we don't feel like this is coming in at the step. We think it must be one of the 'new' holes, or perhaps an existing hole through which cabling or wiring passes, as the water seems concentrated on the cabling, and where the cabling is contacting the compression post, on the aft side of the post channel.
Bill & Lisa Ballard
S/V Jo Beth
1984 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34, Hull #16
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