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Do-It-Yourself: Repairing a Dented Mast

Added by damonAdmin on Dec 15, 2005 - 02:52 AM

Repairing a dent in a mast sail track.

I have had two masts that had a dent near the sail track, and was able to repair them with this method. Here's a photo of the Prindle 19 mast that I just received. As you can see, the area is pinched enough to cause problems when raising the main.

I use thin hardened metal as spacers to spread out the pressure that is applied with a tapered device. In other words, I drive a screwdriver in between a couple putty knives. To keep the straight side from getting damaged, be sure to use a thicker piece of metal as a backer on that side. I started out with two putty knives and advanced to a heavier piece of stainless steel when the track was opened up a little. As you can see in the mast dent repair photos, it does a great job of opening the track back up.

When you have a straight opening in the groove, you might touch up the area with a fine metal file.

Good luck,

Jack Hoying

Fort Loramie, Ohio
Footnote: Thanks for sharing Jack!

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