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ddougla
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Initially Posted - 06/17/2022 :  12:06:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All: A bad wind storm knocked over a tree that landed on top my 1981 C25 parked in my driveway. The mast was cradled at each end across the top of the boat and probably prevented the tree from crushing the top of the cabin. However, the tree crimped the front of the mast about 12 feet up from the base just below the spreader bars. I'm now left wondering if the mast can be repaired or will I need to replace it.

Doug D. sailing out of Port Clinton, OH

islander
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Response Posted - 06/17/2022 :  14:21:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow sorry to hear this but I guess it really depends on if you can find a shop that does mast repairs in your area or finding a suitable replacement mast in your area. I'd go with whichever one of those two choices is available.

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound


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Steve Milby
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Response Posted - 06/17/2022 :  15:02:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some repairs can be made to aluminum masts, but it depends on how severe the damage is. There must be some skilled riggers in the Port Clinton/Cleveland area. I'd suggest you take it to one or two and ask for estimates. They'll tell you if they can repair it and for how much. Take it to them. Don't just describe it to them. They'll need to see it.

Steve Milby J/24 "Captiva Wind"
previously C&C 35, Cal 25, C25 TR/FK, C22
Past Commodore
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ddougla
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Response Posted - 06/18/2022 :  05:51:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the input. I'm thinking the best way to proceed is to dock the boat at my harbor leaving the mast on the trailer and then seeking out a rigger in Port Clinton who can guide me on the best way to proceed. At least that way, I can use the boat for fishing and swimming until I get the mast repaired or replaced.
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Voyager
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Response Posted - 06/18/2022 :  08:26:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the case that the mast is not repairable, what are the alternatives? For example, is anybody parting out a C25? If other boats’ masts are available, does anything come close to a C25 mast in size, shape, fittings? Could Catalina direct source a mast if you call them up? Dwyer Masts in Rhode Island offers different mast extrusions. You can see them here: https://www.dwyermast.com/families.asp?cat1ID=20&cat1Name=Masts
I hear that they offer a good product, but not cheap.
Best of luck with the repairs — hope things work out well for you.

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

Port Captain — Milford, CT
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