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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:10 am 
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Is the mast supposed to be watertight?

My sail seems to always be wet even though I make sure its dry before stowing. I just took the mast out of it for the first time and it had a couple cups of water in it.

Is the mast receiver supposed to drain or is water supposed to stand in it?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:50 pm 
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The mast should have seal plugs, but if underwater... water can seep past them.

The receiver does not drain. Typical hull storage is best inverted to drain and prohibit capturing water.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:25 am 
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Another question about the mast, Matt. Or anyone else who knows.

If there is water in the mast receiver, I can hear a suction sound in the mast and found that water is actually siphoning up into the mast.

The only way I can drain the water is to set the lower section upright against a wall but that can take days to drain out. The water seeps out of the 2 small holes at the base that look kind of like inverted rivets. Are these the seal plugs you refer to? Can those be sealed off or does the mast need to "breathe"? If not, is there any easy way to drain the mast? Or am I making too big a deal of it?

My main concern is that I store the boat on a trailer at a dry storage area and I leave the mast/sail in an enclosed PVC pipe attached to the trailer. Even though the pipe has air holes drilled in it, I am concerned about the added moisture causing mold on the sail.

This is an '08 AI if that makes any difference. And this happens while on the water because I start out with a dry mast receiver.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:57 pm 
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You can drill a small breather hole at the top (through the cap) of the lower section to help drain.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:15 pm 
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mmiller wrote:
You can drill a small breather hole at the top (through the cap) of the lower section to help drain.


How could a hole that is below the water level inside the mast receiver drain water? Maybe I am misunderstanding something here. Oh, re-reading I guess this comment is directed @ Shelley. I put my mast upright against a wall also, but with the bottom and top up with the parts that slip together down and the water runs right out.

Please comment on this thought ... It seems to me that temperature change as the day cools off is creating a vacuum in my mast resulting in the water being sucked into the mast. I thought that drilling a small breather hole near the top of the mast would eliminate this vacuum (if in fact that is what is happening) thus preventing water from being sucked into the mast.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:35 pm 
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The hole should be near the top of the bottom mast section.

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