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S&S Swan Maintenance - Mast refit
27 January 2019 - 20:50
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Mast refit

Hello:  I purchased Swan 41/053 recently.  I am interested in refurbishing the mast without painting it and I have found a company in Ontario, Canada that can etch and re-anodize longer lengths but the two part mast will need to be taken apart.  Has anyone done this?  I am assuming that the bolts which secure the two pieces to the internal sleeve may be corroded in place and that the process will be difficult overall.  I am interested if anyone has experience with this process?  Thanks.

27 January 2019 - 21:35
Join Date: 29 January 2007
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Dear Holmesm,

very interesting to know there is a company which is able to re-anodize the mast, I would be very interested to see detailed images of the final job, and it would be interested to post the entire process on the "maintenance" section of our website.

Yes, you are right, after about 40 years it could be very difficult to get out the bolts, even if with some patience (and heat/cold) this is a possible job. The heat is not good for anodized aluminum of course, but as you are anodizing again the mast I thinkin the end it will not be a problem.

Anyway I know at least an S&S Swan Owner who had the same problem and he decided to cut the internal sleeve, afterwards he had a new one built. That was about 10 years and many tough races ago, the mast is still pefect (he had it sand blasted and subsequently painted white).

Fair winds!

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

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