That is a problem. The 303 was designed and built with single spreader rig, inline spreaders and a stiff spar that should not not have a bend in it at the area that you describe. It is possible to have the upper and lower shrouds out of tune which would create a slight curvature from side to side, but that would be distributed over the length of the mast.Hi all, just noticed something about my 1986 Pearson 303.The mast about 3 foot from the top has a slight bend in it. The bend is toward the stern all standing riggings appear to be fine. Is this a problem or was the mast built this way. thanks
Probably too late if you went down this morning! But one thing you could do, is pull the main halyard tight with shackle end tight to mast at gooseneck. Then sight up from side. You should be able to see how much bend you have and where maximum offset occurs.Thanks, going down to the boat this morning to get some pictures and will try easing the backstay.
Unusual to have taper on masthead rig, but I have seen it before. Maybe something like this one:Thank you everyone! Just got back from the boat, and I was looking at it all wrong.
I was standing to the side of the mast looking up, the last 5 foot of the mast is tapered to the back. It was a optical illusion.
The indented ridge follows the taper, the back of the mast is straight.