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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:44 pm 
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MBounds - you mentioned a reinforcing kit to strengthen the mast under the mast rator arm.

"The one-piece mast rotator arm (it's the same on all the boats) works well on the 14. You need to install the reinforcing kit (look closely - diamond shaped plates on the mast) so you don't collapse the mast section."

Do you suppose that a similar support, larger and riveted on, would help support a longitudinal split in a mast, to keep it from collapsing due to compressional force? viewtopic.php?f=20&t=22613

Thanks for your thoughts.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:51 pm 
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blord5 wrote:
MBounds - you mentioned a reinforcing kit to strengthen the mast under the mast rator arm.

"The one-piece mast rotator arm (it's the same on all the boats) works well on the 14. You need to install the reinforcing kit (look closely - diamond shaped plates on the mast) so you don't collapse the mast section."

Do you suppose that a similar support, larger and riveted on, would help support a longitudinal split in a mast, to keep it from collapsing due to compressional force? viewtopic.php?f=20&t=22613

Thanks for your thoughts.


"Compression" in the context above is the transverse compression of the rotator arm. The reinforcing kit would not do anything in your situation - if anything, it would make the mast weaker.

My suggestion in your case is to take the mast to a professional aluminum welder and have him run a bead along the crack. It shouldn't affect the strength too badly as long as he keeps the bead small.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:57 pm 
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That's what I've been hoping to hear from someone! I'll try it and stay on the lookout for a replacement.

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