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Death of in-mast furling/new mast

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replacement of in-mast furling/new mast

Hi all,

I'm close to making an offer on a Sabre 362. It has in-mast furling. That's one of the main reasons why I haven't made an offer.

Well, come to find out, the owner is currently (as in today), having the mast pulled to be painted and re-installed. And he's paying 14k to do so.

This seems like an ideal opportunity for me to stop this guy in his tracks. Firstly, I don't know why you'd pay 14k to have your mast pulled and then only paint the damn thing. Seems like an opportune time to put a new mast on there with a stack-pack or dutchman system.

Anyhow... I'm looking at the cost of these things and it seems like the 14k the seller is paying comes pretty close to the price of a new mast. Unfortunately, he's got a nice newish tape-drive main on there now, so that's a bit of wasted money unless I can sell it or re-cut it into an standard battened mainsail.

I have 4 questions for you sailnetters:

1. Is there anything else I should have done while the mast is out? I'm already planning to have the mast step inspected and repaired (known issue on some 362's). Should I have new standing rigging done at the same time? Mast-head instruments? What else?

2. Can any cost be recouped by selling the used mast?

3. Can I have the tape-drive furling main re-cut and fully battened for use with a standard mast?

4. Would the boom need to be replaced as well?

Thank you!
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Is there a sabre owners association online where you could find a willing owner for a mast swap?

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$14,000 for mast pull and re-paint????

Gold paint, 10 mm thick???
I'd be telling the owner/seller not to repaint it and to just knock 10K off the price. Would make everybody happy right? :confused:

Check into how your charter company pays you. The ones I talked to out of Shilshole would pay a standard rate or pay nothing but would take care of moorage and maintenance. They WOULD pay a partial amount of what was collected every time the boat was chartered though. So, if your boat is more desirable to be used, you got more income. If this is the case, I would think a RF main would make your boat much more popular with the folks choosing which boat to charter.

How about naming the yard that quoted $14K to paint the spar so we can all avoid it?
15 years ago a Pearson owner was bragging to me about having his mast painted in Awl Grip for 10k. Nothing new here....

Can't imagine spending that much on painting a mast... even if i won the lottery!
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