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  • Mark Albanese
    Sep 5, 2012
      John wrote of hearing creaking noises, then discovering a dime sized crack, which he shimmed and glassed. I found the crack between two strakes ( if you call them that in this constuction ) a quarter inch wide, expanding upwards, and filled it with T-88. The break is right where the two pieces butt, just half inch below the partners. 

      I'd prefer using the two original pieces. Doing so depends on how far the shards in the very tapered foot can be bored out to accept firmly the metal insert that will register both parts. I'm looking for a large enough hole saw today. Plan B might be four studs around the still sound perimeter, plus lots of glass around it all.

      Glad to hear you've still got the AlleyCat in the works. Stay tuned.

      On Sep 5, 2012, at 12:39 PM, Rick Bedard wrote:


      Hmmm, When I passed this mast on to John there was no fiberglass wrapping, just varnished doug fir. John must have had trouble? If so, I never heard about that.

      Just curious,

      Is it your intent to join the two pieces or attach a new bottom portion.?

      How long is the bottom section and where exactly did the mast snap in relation to the partners? Or was it at the cabin roof contact point?

      I got twin unstayed masts to build for my current build, a pilothouse catamaran motorsailer. I don't want to make the same mistake again... lol


      --- On Wed, 9/5/12, Mark Albanese <marka97203@...> wrote:

      From: Mark Albanese <marka97203@...>
      Subject: [bolger] Re: Good thing that pretty horse broke my leg, saved me from the Czar's army.
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 1:54 AM

      Rick,  thanks for the sweet deal. I'd take you up on it if only to thank you in person for the pleasure I've had from Sage already. But a trip to California is out for me now. But just to be clear, if you had thought of everything, I wouldn't be in this jam.

      Inserting a new mast plug seems a tricky job, lots of chewing out the old wood and with a well fitting timber might even be splitting the tube and prying it apart some to avoid the new glue oozing to a spendy puddle.

      This mast is wonderfully light, among it's other virtues. I'm not all that husky but can put it up quite easily. Now, both pieces are still good. The remaining fiberglass wrapping is sound. The T-88 fill stuck. I'm proposing cleaning off the ends, then boring no farther in each piece than it takes for a glued in, heavy, metal collar; glue all over the rest of the joint upon assembly; more fg around that.

      I doubt this also needs either screws through the strakes into the metal or some crossing bolts through all, but am not worried about adding too much stiffness to this part of the mast.


      On Sep 4, 2012, at 8:12 PM, Rick wrote:


      It's been 11 or 12 years since I built that mast and at the moment I don't recall exactly how I put it together. I do know I built it as light as I dared. No trees around here, so I didn't put them into the design equation, lol :)

      Tell you what, bring the pieces to my place and I'll do a good repair for the cost of materials...

      Rick Bedard,
      Original owner/builder of Sage.

      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, Mark Albanese <marka97203@...> wrote:

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