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CS36 Merlin - O Pato
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I'm the new owner of a 1989 CS36 Merlin.
The boat came with a custom canvas cover and cover frame designed to work with a destepped mast. The old owner was a member at a club that used a crane to haul out and launch boats so destepping the mast every year was a necessity.

Our club has travellifts to haul out and launch boats, which means that we could leave the mast in, if we choose. However, that would also mean modifying both the frame and the canvas cover to fit with the mast, shrouds and stays.

Destepping the mast every single year seems like an unnecessary hassle to me, but on the other hand, so does making changes to the cover and frame. So, which option should I choose? Destep the mast or leave it? What factors should I consider?

What do you think?

Cheers!

G
 

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CS36 Merlin - O Pato
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
The normal practice at the club is to leave the mast in.
It would cost about $300-400 per year to destep and store the mast on top of the normal haulout and storage fees.
I'm still waiting on an estimate for the modification.
Creating openings in the top of the boat would probably create the potential for leaks, but I've already seen evidence that removing the mast every year has not been kind to the shrouds.

Your vote is noted, sir. :)

Thanks!

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CS36 Merlin - O Pato
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Hi Capecodda,

It's funny that you should say that, because about 10 mins before your message, I received an e-mail from a friend who said I should leave the mast up and just throw a tarp over the cockpit and the boat would be fine. It was entertaining to see two answers that were such complete opposites of one another.

Out of the two options, I think I'd be more inclined to lean towards your suggestion, but I need to review the work I want to do on the boat this winter and see what's practical.

Thanks!
 
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