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  1. A Different Mast

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Let's say I had a 40' sloop that lost its mast in a storm and that mast was difficult or impossible to find and the cost of a new one was prohibitively expensive. Couldn't I just buy another used mast with the same dimensions and specs and use that mast with some minor modifications to the...
  2. "Chocks" or "Wedged" for Keel Stepped Mast??

    Gear & Maintenance
    "Chocks" or "Wedges" for Keel Stepped Mast?? Hello, I am the new owner of a 1985 Tartan 28 and have never had a boat with a keel stepped mast. I am not sure how to go about getting mast chocks or wedges? Does anyone know what size I might need or where to go to buy them in person or online...
  3. Mast Rake SS34

    Hi All I have an S&S34 built 1979 which has a single spreader short rig The boat sufferes with weatherhelm Does any one know the recommended mast rake for this class of boat I read an article which suggested 8” (200mm) Any advise greatly appreciated
  4. 1978 Pearson 26 - Mast Track Latch

    Gear & Maintenance
    Having a hard time finding a locking latch for the mast track on my 1978 Pearson 26. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Name that part!

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hey all, So I've unwrapped the tape around the ends of my spreaders to inspect and low and behold the tips are wooden! I didn't expect that. Nor am I certain why one of the previous owner decided to wrap them - I mean, wood is pretty soft on the sails, no? Anyway, because they're wrapped...
  6. Drilling into the mast

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hey all, I've been considering installing a lazy jack system on my boat. I have a Mirage 27, so its a cruiser boat with a fairly stiff mast. Most systems I've seen requires two cheek blocks near the top. Now, I can do this easily with a couple of rivnuts, but that requires 4 more holes in my...
  7. Spreader Connection Hardware

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hey all, I have a Mirage 27 from 1980 and its mast is down for the first time since 2003. I've done a fair bit of inspecting and all seems well apart from the curious nature of the spreader connections. Please see the attached photos. This does not look good to me. I can't really explain away...
  8. Laguna Windros 25 - Boom attach to mast

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello - I recently purchased a Windrose 25' and I am attaching the boom to the mast. However, there appears to be two shaved off bolts in the mast. I'm not sure what was once there. You can see two shaved off bolts in the attached picture. Anyone have any information on what was probably...
  9. Mast mounting plate damage, repair or replace?

    Gear & Maintenance
    The mast mounting plate has a crack in it and two screws are sheared off, one on each side. Is this repairable or should it be replaced? If replacement, does anyone know a good place to start looking? Could the crack be stop drilled and the welded? We have a furnace at work if it needs annealed...
  10. "No man" sticker?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hey all, I have a mirage 27 built in 1980. I have this curious sticker on the bottom of the mast that I haven't seen before. Has anybody encountered this before, and if so, what does it mean? My first thought is that it means you can't go up the mast in a bosun's chair, but that seems really...
  11. First Time Buyer Questions

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Greetings. Just joined this evening because I finally want this passion and dream of mine to come to fruition. I live in Toledo, OH, so I am right on and near all the Great Lakes. Admittedly I do not know much about sailing but that's where the dream comes in. I am looking to purchase a sail...
  12. Mast raising / lowering system for the 23

    North American Yachts
    Happy New Year to all of you Spirit 23 aficionados. I am pulling my 23K out of the water for a new bottom job. My question is does anyone have a good mast raising and lowering system that you use on your 23? Previously with lots of help I have muscled it up and down, but need a better way...
  13. Mast Paint

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have some corrosion on my mast base... From my recent survey, "There is light corrosion built up at the mast wire pass-thru at the base clear, clean & re-inspect. Make repairs if found necessary." The corrosion is limited to the bottom 3-6", so I plan to only remove the paint from the bottom...
  14. Rust stains at partners?

    Gear & Maintenance
    I installed Spartite several years ago and it has worked well. Recently the silicone seal I put around the outside (as instructed) has started to leak. No big deal, I simply resealed it. What concerns me is what appears to be rust stains coming down the mast below the partners, from where it...
  15. Potbelly pirate

    Introduce Yourself
    Hello. Since we are new to this site, I thought it would be good to introduce ourselves and let you all know what we are up to. My wife and I are in our early sixties and have been married 24 years. We live in a coastal town in Southern California and love the ocean. We recently purchased a...
  16. My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

    Introduce Yourself
    Hi and thanks for the welcome, presumably. I just bought a 1960 Pearson Triton 28' from Miami. Maybe some of you saw the recent auction. Maybe some of you bid! I don't know. But here's my story. I haven't sailed in many years, since I was about 16 which was on a Chrysler Mutineer 18' with a...
  17. C&C 32 boom and mast

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi out there I am trying to replace the goose neck and mast mount on my 1981 C&c 32. There is a lot of ware on both pieces so I thought it would be a good idea to replace both parts with new one. Does anyone know the manufacturer of the mast and boom for this boat. I appreciate all the help on...
  18. Main Halyards - Back to cockpit or keep at mast?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I've been considering bringing my main halyard back to the cockpit. I've thought it would be a nice addition to my new slick Tides Marine track, new mid-boom sheeting, and stackpack. My rigger is giving me the pros and cons of bringing the main halyard aft to the cockpit. Mostly he is trying to...
  19. 38' Mast, Boom, and Rigging.

    Boat Buyers & Sellers Forum
    I have a mast, boom, and all the standing rigging for a Seidelmann 299. I have the deck plate too so you could probably put it on anything you wanted. The rear stay is adjustable. The mast color is black with a bit of the primer showing through from the previous coat. Same color for the...
  20. Parting out Gulfstar 45 (Hirsch) - Arch, Panda, Winches, etc.

    Gear & Maintenance
    Greetings all. I am parting out a Gulfstar 45 and have a number of items available including a stainless steel arch with integrated davits and swiveling outboard hoist arm, Panda 6kw generator with about 1,000 hours, Anderson 52 and 28 self-tailing two-speed winches (two each), mast, boom, etc.