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We had the same problem with our Pearson 31-2 1987 (new to us).

We dropped the mast to deal with ours because we had to re-do all the original rigging (!), replace a broken piece of the furling foil, re-route a couple of wires, replace broken and worn sheaves and the whole wind instrument. We cut a few inches off the bottom of the mast and will adjust the new rigging accordingly.

We also took the opportunity to pull the chainplates to inspect them and clean them. Luckily those beefy items were in excellent shape. We were hauling out for the summer in Florida anyway so the only other cost was $150 to step the mast. Sometimes it is just simpler to do everything at once.

This boat was otherwise in good shape and the price was right even considering the costs for the above, but out of sight is out of mind and the last thing anyone wants is a rig failure.

BOAT: bust out another thousand!

"The difference between ordeal and adventure is attitude".
 
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