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I didn't know you had to break a mast in .

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Created by Tardy Two weeks ago, 21 Jun 2020
Tardy
3547 posts
21 Jun 2020 2:02PM
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Imax1
QLD, 2745 posts
21 Jun 2020 4:16PM
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Never thought of it , but it makes sense. It would have to work harden or soften . You can't just keep bending something and nothing happens.

Subsonic
WA, 2044 posts
21 Jun 2020 4:19PM
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Makes sense. i think sails too tend to loosen up, from being wet more than anything else. Not too long ago i rigged up a sail i hadn't used for quite a while, it had well and truly dried out. I could've sworn that it was carrying more tension than it usually did when i rigged it up, so went through and checked everything was connected properly and set to the right numbers, nup all good.

Got it on the water and went to pop the cams across, Mast said no thanks and folded just above the bottom cam.

Tardy
3547 posts
21 Jun 2020 4:36PM
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bugger ^ a bit like a wetsuit left out on the line in the sun for 2 weeks ,try put that on ...

I wonder if carbon boards need loosening up too ??
I have a 20- year old 100% north mast ..was thinking why it seemed very flexie and soft
I still use it on my 8,5 ,...time to renew i think .

regal1
NSW, 151 posts
21 Jun 2020 7:12PM
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Crispy? Yesterday, 5cm below the ferrule.


Tardy
3547 posts
21 Jun 2020 6:10PM
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I think you broke it in too hard , you need a mast whisperer

Imax1
QLD, 2745 posts
21 Jun 2020 8:23PM
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Tardy said..
I think you broke it in too hard , you need a mast whisperer


What ! You have to run them at half wind for the first 10 hours ?

Subsonic
WA, 2044 posts
21 Jun 2020 8:11PM
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Tardy said..
bugger ^ a bit like a wetsuit left out on the line in the sun for 2 weeks ,try put that on ...




yeah. I used to think i was getting fat, till i realized my harness shrinks when it dries out completely... Phew

back to eating pies

hang on, why don't my jeans From 2 years ago fit anymore?

forceten
1163 posts
21 Jun 2020 8:52PM
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Maybe , had some semblance of credibility, until he got to the part, one mast for training , one for testing.
sure if you work for a mast company.

sailquik
VIC, 5019 posts
21 Jun 2020 11:13PM
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That sounds a bit suss to me. No mast manufacturer has ever said anything like that to my knowledge. I have some 10 year old carbon masts that feel as good today as they did when new. Still feel like magic masts and set my newer sails better than any of the others.
I recon is may be one of those things that is 99% in the head (like boards that are 500gms lighter) than any real performance thing.

On the other hand, I think there is some truth in the second part where he says one can benefit from trying a few similar, but different masts to find a sails sweet spot. This I have done a lot, and its amazing that a mast that IMCS tests almost identically, can feel and go different in the same sail.

Oh, and I have IMCS tested carbon masts new and again, many years and thousands of KM's later, and got pretty much identical numbers.



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