Brocken mast / replacement prelude

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danielyoung
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Brocken mast / replacement prelude

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Hello,

My prelude mast was damaged due to the forestay wire failing at the furling drum.
The mast fell backwards and broke on the cabin hatch forcing the step off the deck and snapping the mast
A repair is not feasible and a new replacement mast too expensive.

The options I have are:
Find a replacement mast at an affordable price.
Salvage the mast by buying a prelude in poor condition.
Buy a replacement prelude in good condition to replace mine.

Is anyone able to assist please?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

Daniel
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Jeremyfisher
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

Post by Jeremyfisher »

Hi Daniel

I am sure that there a Old Preludes around at a reasonable price.
I am , however, concerned that the forestay failed at the furling drum. What make was the drum and what failed and is it something I should look out for?

Regds

Simon
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

Post by danielyoung »

Hello Simon,

I don't know the make of the furling drum.
But it was installed new about 9 years ago and failed because the wire cable inside the forestay snapped at the deck attachment
fitting. I think that the multi strand cable must have been gradually fraying over time until the final strands gave way.
But the cable is not visible so there was no indication that there was a developing problem.
I have some photos but file sizes are too big to up-load.

Regards

Daniel.
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

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Hi Daniel, you don't say where in the country you are based or how far you are prepared to travel in search of a replacement mast. I know of at least two Preludes that appear to have been static for some years at an address I believe may have stored them in my area. As sometimes happens the owners fail to pay the storage and the site keeper is left with unwanted boats. That may be the case here, I'm not sure. If you can let me know where you are I could provide you with an address to write to and you could ask them to ring you if they are indeed available or willing to sell you a mast. PM me if you think it's worth a try.

Regards, Alistair.
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

Post by danielyoung »

Hello Alistair,

Thanks for your reply.
I am based on the North Norfolk Coast and yes I would be willing to travel.
If you could send me the location address of the preludes that would be great.
Thanks

Regards

Daniel.
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

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Hi Daniel, I'll Pm you later today hopefully.

Regards, Alistair.
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

Post by Alistair Sim »

Unfortunately this could happen to anyone whose forestay in encapsulated within their furling gear with talurit eyes. If you do decide to renew your forestay perhaps consider sta-lok eye fittings on at least one end so you can periodically dismantle and examine the condition of the forestay before re-assembling. They cost apx £20 each, the 4mm 1x19 strand SS wire can be bought for apx £15.
For apx £50 you could renew your own forestay, cheaper than a new mast which would be apx £1000 from Selden who have taken over Proctor spars.
Dave Seaman
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

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£495 would buy my Prelude 19 with masthead rig and sails. Lifting keel version, recently antifouled and ready to go.
Based in Norwich
danielyoung
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

Post by danielyoung »

Hello Dave
Yes I am interested
I posted you a reply to your private message but don’t know if received
I am currently out of the country and have not been able to access the prelude website until now.
Apologies for late reply.
I am back in Norfolk in July so would be able to come and see you then if that is OK
Thanks for contacting me
Regards
Daniel
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Re: Brocken mast / replacement prelude

Post by Dave Seaman »

Hi Daniel,
When you return from your travels, please let me know if you are still interested in the Prelude. I will check the forum on a more regular basis so you will not have to wait as long again for a reply!

Best regards,

Dave
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