Re-rigging dismasted W42 Cutter

  • October 10, 2017 8:33 AM
    Message # 5306944
    Deleted user

    Spirit Borne was dismasted by two other boats on the hard in St. Thomas.  The hull remains intact and upright.  The mast has been broken above the spreader and below.  Has anyone gone through the process of selecting a new mast appropriate to this configuration.  Thinking about a shorter rig because we sail with a single reef 95% of the time.  

    None of the rigging parted, the spreaders are intact and can be re-used.  Roller furling only has one extrusion compromised. Advisable to re-use 20 year old wire and fittings or start from scratch.

  • October 25, 2017 6:58 PM
    Reply # 5357840 on 5306944

    HI Andrew,


    My Westsail 32 got dimasted too by irma in nanny cay boatyard, tortola. Luckely the two parts of the mast are straight

    I am looking for a 3 or 4 foot pice of mast to use to joint my broken mast, And i think one piece of your must will work for me

    We have a good riggers here and they are ordering new mast to USA factories. They can mesure and give you a quotation. I guess you will need to bring the boat to _Tortola.

    Wickham´s cay II rigging. Email: info.wickrigging@gmail.com

    My phone number in BVI +1284 547 0230



  • October 31, 2017 5:26 PM
    Reply # 5477686 on 5306944
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wish I had an answer for both of you... LaFiell is no long making masts ... 

    So keep looking around at damaged boats -- maybe you'll get lucky.  

    As far as 20 year old rigging... usually 10 years - and the riggers think you need new rigging.  

    I've talked to Bud on this issue as Pygmalion has at least 25 year old rigging - recommend you email him directly for his advise... seems the original westsail riggers used a special machine to do the swedging. there's one on the west coast - and this process doesn't cause cracks later on.  

    Jay 

  • January 18, 2018 12:13 PM
    Reply # 5690159 on 5306944
    Deleted user
    Andrew McNeal wrote:

    Spirit Borne was dismasted by two other boats on the hard in St. Thomas.  The hull remains intact and upright.  The mast has been broken above the spreader and below.  Has anyone gone through the process of selecting a new mast appropriate to this configuration.  Thinking about a shorter rig because we sail with a single reef 95% of the time.  

    None of the rigging parted, the spreaders are intact and can be re-used.  Roller furling only has one extrusion compromised. Advisable to re-use 20 year old wire and fittings or start from scratch.


    Update: we bought an excellent mast off a Hunter 54 double spreader rig.  Now working with Bud and local rigger on configuring it for SB.  Many thanks for the comments!
  • January 22, 2018 8:55 PM
    Reply # 5697043 on 5306944
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Glad you found a replacement - do let us know how it all worked out...

    Jay 

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