After some research online I decided to buy a new mast instead of trying to splice the old one. It would make me feel a lot better knowing it is not on the verge of breaking any second. It was between Rig Rite from Rhode Island and Dwyer Spars from Connecticut. Rig Rite has a better price on the mast but Dwyer ended up with the best overall price shipped. It came out to about 690 bucks. Not bad for a 23 ft peice of metal that had to come all the way across country. Marlene fanagle the delivery driver to drop it off at the house instead of her work. (Cheaper to ship to a business address by about $80) After taking off some of the old hardware and salvaging what I can, I was able to build a whole new mast in a couple of hours last night.
Today my buddy Elie came over during lunch time to check out the progress on the boat. I went and trailered the boat home to show him and got him to help me raise the mast. It went up so smoothly and everything fit like a glove. Finally something goes right with this project!!! I no longer have the loose headstay (Marlene dubbed it “The Looseness Monster”) as the new mast is about an inch longer. Everything tightens down perfectly with room to go. If nothing else goes wrong, I should be able to take her for a sail in the next couple weeks once I receive my new Mainsail from Porpoise Sailing in Florida.
Don’t worry Andre, I will call you when its ready.
Old mast vs. New Mast
Elie on the boat after we raised the mast
Plenty of tension on all the standing rigging