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When to replace a carbon fiber mast?
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Number-nine



Joined: 09 Aug 1989
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Location: cape cod

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Smann if your brother owns a shop why would you not call him
He might know more about masts breaking than all of us combined?
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inlandsea



Joined: 29 Sep 1996
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you mr kimball!

Smann, 5083981333 any time

Or just come visit and I will give you one!
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smann



Joined: 24 Jun 2007
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Location: New Jersey Shore

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peterkimball wrote:
Yes Smann if your brother owns a shop why would you not call him
He might know more about masts breaking than all of us combined?





yeah, dats true!
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outcast



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, that was weird......
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bred2shred



Joined: 02 May 2000
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Location: Jersey Shore

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mast breakages that I've had have either been attributed to design defect (i.e., snapped during one of the first uses), going down in the surf, or because of cam/boom abrasion. I don't recall ever having one break purely because of age.

I check my masts periodically in the boom clamp area. This section of the mast (as well as cam contact points) are very prone to abrasion. I typically paint on a layer of epoxy over any wear and have even added a layer of glass tape on some of my masts to repair/prevent abrasion of the carbon. If your mast is being worn, it will eventually break.

As far as wintertime sailing goes, I always assume that there is a possibilty that some piece of gear can break, regardless of age. Use your head - dress appropriately, sail in onshore wind, sail with others, etc. if you're going out in those conditions.

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mat-ty



Joined: 07 Jul 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how much does a good quality mast sleeve repair cost? or an epic sesh cut short.
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smann



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Location: New Jersey Shore

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

re placed!

just arrived today..

anybody want to buy a 12 year old carbon mast ?
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