Repairing a carbon mast
My 1st generation bulletproof SuperSpars mast is running into problems at the foot, where it is bulging out, I am sure from problems relating to the carbon/aluminium interface and the effect of water going down the mast with every capsize over the last 13 years I've owned it.
Chris M - 3744
This is a common problem with the old aluminium heel plugs. The new resin ones which do not cause the mast to eat itself are made so that you cut the mast just above the corroded bit to replace, basically the plug is much taller. Hard to explain without a picture!
Andrew, when you find out where to get the resin heel, get two and I'll help you cut your mast so I can practice before cutting mine!! I think I have a cunning plan using a mortice box and a tenon saw. (carpenter talk)
Sounds like a plan to me, can see how that would work. Maybe we could toss a coin for whose mast goes in the box 1st!! Will see if I can locate the heel plug.
Wrap/tape a sheet of A4 paper around the tube so that it lines up and hack saw around the edge. If you saw straight through carbon tube it delaminates and cracks.
We had this problem with the carbon mast on our rater. We use a couple of jubilee clips.
Phil Scott has prolonged the life of our still old Superspar beyond all reasonable expectations. His number is 07973 720 732.
That should havbe been 'stiff'!