abused mast

Just picked up my sailboat and I am looking at the bottom of the mast where the hinge pin goes into the mast. It looks as though it got twisted or ?? and damaged the track it sits in. I gently tapped it back so it is straight and will hold the pin but my experience with aluminum tells me it will probably crack and break. Any one had experience with repairing this? What about the mast sleeve sold in the Flying Scot store? will that help me out?? Haven't taken it out yet, still buffing out the hull. Serial #1385

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The stainless steel mast sleeve will solve your problem.

The stainless steel mast sleeve will solve your problem. It is stout and will add years to your old mast. In my opinion, the sleeve should be installed on all Scot masts, new and old. The only possible problem I forsee many years down the road after the anodizing on the mast wears down, is that in a salt water sailed boat, the less noble metal [aluminum] will eventually corrode some, but this can be slowed down by isolating the sleeve with a layer of tape between the surfaces. Fresh water boats will have no problems at all. My old salt water boat had only slight corrosion after 10-plus years with a sleeve installed and no isolation.

Thanks for the reply.

Thanks for the reply. It probably won't see much salt water in Minnesota -except for the roads in the winter-- I'm hoping to get it in the water on Monday to see what it will do. I'll get the mast sleeve on order.

Got the sleeve, and the newer style hinge pin.

Got the sleeve, and the newer style hinge pin. Definatly the way to go.