Monday, September 10, 2007

What's Going on Here?

Here's a photo of a Laser mast step. Can you see anything wrong with it? (Click on image to see larger version)

8 comments:

Chainsaw said...

Difficult to say without knowing the history of the boat. Could be a repair by an owner - my boat had a couple of air pockets between the gelcoat and the glass right on the corner of the tube. Eventually they broke open to reveal the glass behind. Not a structural problem, but not pretty either. You could scratch the area to see if it is a badly done factory gelcoat repair. It would be unusual if that groove suggested the mast tube was butt joined to the deck. I think if you look in the most recent Tillman book, there are pics of laser decks being laid up and the deck mold extends to what looks like at least 4" into the mast tube area. Don't know if they then cut all that length off again to bond the tube to the deck.

Litoralis said...

Which bit are you talking about chainsaw?

Rossums said...

Looks like an early 1988 boat to me, probably made in Banbury UK, likely by the afternoon shift. I'm guessing but the hull colour is probably teal and the hull weighed between 124 and 128 lbs when new but probably more now as they usually started to leak approximately 19 years 3 months and 4 days after leaving the factory.

Main problem is that some dude didn't use stainless steel screws to attach those "new rule" deck blocks. I suggest he retakes Metallurgy 101.

Chainsaw said...

Litoralis said...

Which bit are you talking about chainsaw?



The groove running around the edge of the mast tube, about 3/8" down from the lip.

As for the rust, low grade/mismatched stainless can do that - could be the washers, could be the nut. Nothing a bit of [insert brand here] rust removing gel can't tidy up for the short term. Maybe replace the nuts and washers with a known high grade s/s afterwards.

But who knows...is better to take a look inside and know for sure. Actually, I think my boat is starting to have rust marks under that plate too. Same colour as your boat, but the non-skid is a different pattern: Australian made.

- said...

This isn't my boat. It is a boat that I was looking at buying. The rust doesn't concern me, except as a symptom of potentially bad care of the boat (rinsing after sailing, etc.).

The seller of the boat has told me that the line you can see was left by "cascade dishwasher soap that had caked onto the mast tube and dried."

The rest of the boat is in great condition. I was concerned that the line was a crack between the deck and the mast tube.

rossums said...

In the picture that line looks like an indentation, not something caked one. Almost like a line scored in the gelcoat.

Litoralis said...

I know...that's why I asked him to send me another picture after he "wiped it off." No picture yet.

EVK4 said...

The cupholder looks too big to hold a can of beer?!? Is that it?