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A proper welding job, by an experienced welder with the right matching materials, literally makes new seamless metal that is as good as the original part was.

And having said that...the big offshore drilling rigs and the big pipeline companies? Won't hire a pipe welder with less than ten YEARS of experience. And even then, they find a high rate of failures when they x-ray the welds.

So finding a really good welder?? For something critical like a mast?

I'd go with the spar shop and even then, take a look at the shop and make sure the welder seems like a pro. They certainly can weld and sleeve, just tell them you need a massively overstrong repair and you'll come back to haunt them from the grave if it fails.
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