68705Good thing that pretty horse broke my leg, saved me from the Czar's army.
- Sep 4, 2012In the half dozen times or so out getting acquainted with my boat,
there've been no troublesome sounds from the mast. John Kohnen warned
it was fatally flawed though, having tried a first repair wrapping it
in fiberglass. I dumped must have been 4 ounces of T-88 into the
pretty good crack that persisted.
While moving the boat around with the 20' mast up we tapped with its
tip the very end of no more than a 2" branch. That sent a shock right
to the base, slicing it off more or less cleanly as shown. The long
part hopped to the side, then fell right over.
You can see how it's made. A birdsmouth with a lower taper wrapped
separately around a timber that's both plug for the upper part and
its heel. I can tell you it's a very neat job.
I don't know what fixing this right would actually be, short of
reduplicating it all. The best I can do in wood is clean it out, then
use one double tapered timber to fit the sockets. Or burn this foot
and make a new four inch one with an extension lathed off to recore
the mast itself. But the joint of either is going to be weak still.
I'm thinking all sorts of vague, crazy ideas like abs or steel cores
and jackets, just to save the season.
Guess if your going to have a boating accident, land is the place to
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