Hi all, I'm new here and my name is Terry.
I have an old Sundance 23, El Mar Boat company. The mast is damaged and I'm looking into switching it from macaroni rig to gaff rig.
I'm looking for ideas. and a few answers.
First off, can a deck stepped mast be used in a gaff rig?
Does the mast need to be as tall?
How tall would you want on a Gaff rig on a 23' boat with 1200lb balast?
the mast was bent when I got the boat. Its bent about 8 or 9 feet up from the foot. I think its a 26' mast. If I cut it off at about 16' to get above the kinked section it would be awfully short for a 23' boat.
I have sraightened the mast but it is dimpled on both sides now, I thought about driving an oak timber inside to reinforce the area. This is why I was looking at Gaff rig since it doesn't load the mast like a macaroni rig.
Thanks for any tips and suggestions.