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Topic: mast damage
Posted By: maciej
Subject: mast damage
Date Posted: 22 October 2014 at 22:19
My current Selden mast was damaged by the electric current...I would like to ask you about the opinion.
Does it makes sens to repair this mast? What effects does the repair (welding) have on the sailing characteristic?


Posted By: mikethelark
Date Posted: 23 October 2014 at 12:38
Hi Maciej

That must have been some storm to pepper the mast like that.

It will be technically possible to TRY and repair the mast using a TIG welder, by welding in some plugs and polishing afterwards, but it is difficult and I can offer no comment on what it would do to the sailing characteristics. It might also be possible to 'sleeve' a new top on, but you would need to speak to Selden.

Personally, if you have insurance, I would ask for a replacement mast.

Mike O

Posted By: Simon
Date Posted: 23 October 2014 at 18:30
Insurance first.  If not, I think you will get away with TIG plugs,  the holes being in the top tapered section, will probably be OK, but as Mike says, it will probably mess up the bend characteristics.

Posted By: maciej
Date Posted: 24 October 2014 at 13:41
Many thanks for opinions. 

Posted By: John Shelton
Date Posted: 28 October 2014 at 11:42
Hmm judging by the equal spacing of the holes, that looks like overhead cables, not lightning?

Posted By: maciej
Date Posted: 28 October 2014 at 17:49
yes, the mast have had a contact with overhead man without our knowledge and permission have moved the boat outside the marina and unlucky have knocked against the cables...
John, please let me know what is your opinion.

Posted By: mikethelark
Date Posted: 29 October 2014 at 11:11
I bet it gave him one hell of a fright!

Mike O

Posted By: John Shelton
Date Posted: 31 October 2014 at 10:15
I suspect it won't affect the bend characteristics very much, and I have no idea about TIG welding.
I suppose it depends on what your insurance excess is. If it's 50 pounds, then I would claim for a new mast, although you could get a tube only, and move all the fittings across.
It was an accident, and that's what you insure against....

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