C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Discovering damage to the mast... what now?

Pulling the mast was always in the plan for this summer.  Discovering wear/chafe at the point the mast passes through the deck was not in the plan.
The damage is on both the port and starboard sides of the mast. In the worst areas the erosion is at least 1/16" to 1/8" deep.  The discovery of the damage pained me. We are now exploring 3 options:  repair, replace with used mast, replace with new mast.

If anyone out there is willing to share there insights into repair options, then we are eager to hear from you.  I can provide some additional detailed images if it would be helpful.

If anyone out there knows of a used / salvaged mast for a 34 Morgan, then please contact us.

WE can be reached via this blog or via email  SV - C'est la Vie 

I have already requested a quote on a replacement mast & boom from Sparcraft.  We pulled the mast to address issues with spreader attachment; convert to internal halyards; add the hardware for a removable inner stay; and repair the main outhaul.  If we opt for a new mast, then cost of these repairs modifications will be incorporated into a new rig, but we are still afraid of the anticipated price.  Hopefully Sparcraft will pleasantly surprize us.  They are based in Charlotte, NC.  According to their website, they own and operate their own delivery truck.  Proximity may save us some $$.