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Replacement Mast for RL24 mk4 tapered round alloy or carbon
I have a long term plan to replace the mast on Dream On DT (originally called Dump Truck) which was broken mid section and profesionally repaired (Sleeved) before I purchased her 15 months ago. Any suggestions. Alloy or carbon? Would a carbon masts put the boat outside the class rules. I would like to go in the 2005 nationals. My racing sails are the original set of Mylar Kevlar marked 1987 used in the following nationals. They are in excellent condition. The main appears large and very roachy compaired to the smaller blade like jib. Does that affect what the mast characteristics should be or are all rl 24 the same. I have seen several boats with skiff mast/sails. Would a skiff mast do the job if the size matced my current mast. I will likely be riging the mast myself.

Garry Carr20-Aug-2004    Edit    Delete 
Mk4 Mast
The skills needed to change a rig are generally beyond those skills held by most yacht owners.

Without a thorough inspection by an experienced sailmaker/rigger familiar with RL rigs and sails, it is near impossible to give good advise on changing and improving your rig and sails.

The sails design and shape needs to work in sympathy with the mast and rig.

If the mast was repaired properly and works well with the current suit of sails, why change it?

If the mast does not work well with the sails, should you replace it with a similar section? It is most likely a Peelgrain mast or it could already be a skiff mast.

Sailmakers cut the sails to take advantage of the flexibility of the mast. Replacing the current mast with a mast of different characteristics might effect the handling and performance of the rig. Which way that change effects performance may not be predictable till after the change when there is no turning back.

My suggestion, ask the local sailmaker to go for a sail and advise you on whether you need to change stuff. A few dollars spent getting good advise should save lots of money in the changes.

Can you ask the previous owner for advise or the previous rigger?

Greg
Greg20-Aug-2004    Edit    Delete 

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