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stuck mast

Postby ksky » Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:12 pm

I have a 2 piece carbon mast stuck together probably from
sand. Any suggestions or tricks to get it apart?
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stuck mast

Postby laydownjibe » Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:45 am

the best way to get it unstuck is to have 2 people hold mast at both ends under water at the beach 6-10 inches grab the mast where it fits together and pump it up and down so as to bend the mast, while the 2 people holding the mast twist in opposite directions. This may take awhile and also works faster if there are no plugs at both ends, if it is a carbon or epoxy mast it will come apart, as you are crushing the sand and flushing it out with the water. An old aluminum mast forget it if its been stuck for awhile. The stronger the guys the better it works, pump hard. Good luck
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Postby bigwindron » Wed May 03, 2006 3:38 pm

I've never tried underwater, how could you get a good grip?

A tight boom on each end w/ 2 people usually works.
One turning clockwise, one turning counter of course.

RDM's are really tough to separate in my experience.

For prevention, make sure all mast plugs are in place & try not to get the sail held under in the shore break.

I've been using a 3" piece of bicycle tire tube over the seam of the 2 mast halves. Use a fat mountain bike tube.
I'm careful to keep it in place when I slide the mast up the luff sleeve.

If there is ANY sand cruching when you first rig up, usually you're not getting them apart at the end of your session.
Wipe it out at first indication!
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