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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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Think hard on how you are going to use the boat. This should be the first determinate of how you will,proceed. She a great design. If you are going to be a weekend and vacation sailor keep the mast and furling system. If you are going to do PHRF change everything out. If you are going long term cruising go to some version of slab reefing and a main with battens and roach.
Have nothing but headaches with in mast. Not a fan. For transits you will have new crew on the boat.even if you teach them they may not learn and screw it up and jam it. Loss of roach means your slower. Longer passages. Weight in the mast from the mandril and sail is just bad. If the mandril breaks you are screwed royally.
Never had a boat with in mast.never will.have crewed on several boats with them. Maybe Amels got it right but all other owners were disappointed either with function or loss of speed.
Still for daysailing or short hops it's great. Just a second to get sail out so more sailing and more going out by yourself when you just have a hour or two.
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Then it boils down to money. If you have tons of it drop price 10-14k. Get cf mast with standard sail shape controls and have a blast as you blow by me.
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