E-25 Sleeved Mast Success Story

Rob Hessenius

Inactive Member
After a long winter of mast repair, my boat finally went under wind power this weekend. I will admit I stared at the mast all day and listened to every creak that the boat made. I lost a total of 5" off the height. Total cost of the project was a few doolars shy of $600, all in materials. The pain in the butt was shortening up all the standing rigging. There was plenty of room to give with all of my sails and halyards. I plan on doing a write up on the whole repair job, but I think I might wait till the water turns to ice again.

Here are a few pictures of the mast.


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Sustaining Partner
Rob, what is the tan goop they smeared on the insert before assembling?

BTW, that section of the mast is much stronger than any other part now.

Rob Hessenius

Inactive Member
Tim~ Its some West Systems epoxy with some #406 added for adhesion. I know that it is stronger than the old stick, but its still wierd mentally. I guess Im lucky that the sleeve is located at the spreaders, versus having a stiff spot somewhere else. I got the idea from a Southerly 35 that was from the factory with a sleeved mast.