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New mast for 105

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Got a new to me 105 in beautiful condition, superexcited,  only to have my mast destroyed in transport. Boat in Northeast USA. Need new mast. Looking for feedback on the new Sparcraft mast vs a used Hall mast. I know Sparcraft is a bit stiffer and slightly heavier, but would love to hear from actual owners. Thanks!

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Boats with Sparcraft rigs and Hall rigs seem to go equally well, so there's no performance difference. If you switch to Sparcraft, you will also need to change the boom because the gooseneck is different, so that might affect your decision (depending on the insurance - they might spring for the new boom too since it's needed to fit the mast).

The Hall masts have a square hole for the kite sheave sawzall'ed out of the front of the highest stress section. Masts that break tend to break there - I've seen three so far on SF Bay. I had a doubler inserted inside the hole on both sides and it's in great shape - I highly recommend that. Although I have the Hall setup, I think that the Sparcraft design is better because of the masthead sheave which is led down to a u-bolt to provide the right location for the kite head.

Don't buy a carbon rig. It will probably cost more than the value of the hull, and will instantly devalue the setup to pretty much zero because no-one in an OD fleet can buy your boat.

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