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I just got a free t42 by American fiberglass, i am brand new to sailing and i would like to fix up this boat, however it has no mast, boom or sail and i cant find any info about what size they are. Please help.
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TANSTAFL

If you get that ready to sail you will have spent three to ten times what it is worth. Three times and maybe a year running around for used. Ten if you buy new.

So give it away.

Check on Craigslist for something like this. Chrysler 22, sailboat

A weeks hard work plus two visits to Home Depot and you will be sailing.
 

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Well if you go ahead with it then contact these guys https://www.dwyermast.com/default.asp for mast and rigging.

Make sure you factor in carriage charges on the mast. Where I am they are 2 to 3 times the cost of the mast.

Lee Sails can do new sails at a reasonable price. Lee Sails: Sailmaker to the world.

But I would buy that Chrysler, rent a pressure washer then maybe a buffer for the hull. A pint of epoxy to put everything back inside and I will be sailing next weekend with very little stress.
 

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I know you are trying to help, however I AM KEEPING THIS BOAT, and i would like to fix it up this thread is just because i need help on sail size mast size and boom size, I DON'T WANT ADVICE ON GETTING RIDE OF MY BOAT I WANT TO KEEP IT.
thanks, Nate
 

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This is all I've found on this boat Natey.
T for Two Micro-Tonner T42 by American Fiberglass - ShortyPen Sailboat Guide

If you aren't going to be talked out of it, start a photo journal showing your progress. You will get lots of help. (good bad and the ugly)

Seems like a reasonable size first boat. Finding a mast rigging and sails will be a challenge. Someone like Bob Perry (one of our famous boat design pros here) could maybe help you figure out the measurements and sizes you need to find, build, or buy.

This can help you understand what why and how to rig a small boat.
Rigging Small Sailboats - Title page

You can find lots of sailing stuff on craigslist and ebay if you have the time to search. Finding out the actual measurements for yourr T42 mast and boom

Where are you located? That can help you find help!

It had a "camper" top

 

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Once you get the size figured out, grab your tape measure and start visiting marinas. Thousands of marinas around North America have thousands of abandoned masts.
I know of about 50 abandoned masts within a few miles of my place.
 

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First i am located in woodstock,ct, and thanks deniseO30 all the help, i did find out that the mast is 19' tall but that is all i know , i will check out those websites that you posted.
Thanks, Nate
 

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OK OK we get the message.

If you find a used rig try and get the wire rigging AND THE TURNBUCKLES. It is unlikely that the wires [stays ] will be the right length but wire is cheap turnbuckles are not.

Making new wire rigging stays is a DIY job with talurit swages. The tool you need is $25 on ebay or you can rent the pro type.. Start with the longest first. That way if you screw up you already have one end done for a shorter one. Use I used to fly hang gliders and made my own for those. two swages each end was the recommendation. DIY Thimble and Ferrule Swaging - YouTube
 

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Yes, the sand is ballast. I removed it (175lbs) and replaced it with 350 lbs of lead for Long Island Sound. I put a beam across the boat under the deck, under the mast and supported it on the ends with vertical wood struts. I filled all the storage and cavities with foam. Improved rigging, sails, installed large cockpit drains, etc.
 

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Yes, the sand is ballast. I removed it (175lbs) and replaced it with 350 lbs of lead for Long Island Sound. I put a beam across the boat under the deck, under the mast and supported it on the ends with vertical wood struts. I filled all the storage and cavities with foam. Improved rigging, sails, installed large cockpit drains, etc.
Thank you! I am so glad I found someone with this boat; apparently the manufacturer is out of business.
I was worried about the sand and thought it would maybe effect the buoyancy. I guess the air in the wall cavities are what does that?
It came with a camper top that is still in fairly good shape. It looks like it used to have poles or something to hold the fiberglass doors flaps up.
I do have some other questions I have if you have time and probably some I don't even know to ask.
Do you know anything about the camper system and if it had poles?
Have you ever tipped it and if so, does it right easily or is it a potential problem situation?
How many people have you sailed on it?
This has two metal dagger-like boards on each side and a rudder on the back, but it also has some sort of set up on the rear right for a different rudder type?
Any guidance is appreciated!
 

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There was a board that plugged into hinges at the front of the hatches to keep them open. The camper top just drapes over the top and snaps at the edges.

We have sailed it on its ear many times. If you are sailing in a small lake it should be fine, but I found it to be too tender for my liking, so replaced the sand with lead. We sail it in Long Island Sound. We have sailed it in small craft warnings many times, but it has been upgraded.

Three people is the most; one in the rear cockpit steering and two in the lower cockpit handling the jib.

There is a bracket on one side of the transom for an engine. I have a large electric trolling motor but have not installed it. We move it with two long canoe paddles.

If you Google T42, T for 2 and other variations, you will find others and at least one groujp.
 
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