New Mast

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  1. Maurice

    Maurice New Member

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    Hello,

    Our Morgan 384 has suffered a loss of her mast due to Hurricane Dorian. I have a few mast-related questions:

    1) Is the mast the same dimensions on all Morgan 38's (38, 382, 383, 384) in terms of height, diameter, thru-deck size, mast step?
    2) Where was the Morgan 384 mast was built?
    3) Any suggestions of companies that build aluminum masts that would fit?

    Thank you for any guidance. There are many decisions ahead but guidance on these questions would be most helpful.

    Maurice
     
  2. terry_thatcher

    terry_thatcher Terence Thatcher

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    383s and 384s have taller masts than 382s. Someone with a 384 can probably provide dimensions. 382 masts were built by Kenyon, which is now part of RigRite and I don't know if they still make spars. Everyone says they are terrible to deal with. ZSpars and I think US Spars still exist. A google search should find mast builders. If you are lucky, you will find one close to you. I have to assume shipping a 65 foot mast would be expensive.The extrusion may not be expensive, relatively, but once you start adding upper sheave box, winch pads, spreaders, etc, it gets more expensive. Good luck.
     
  3. Mitchell S Allen

    Mitchell S Allen Member

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    I know this is the other side of the world for you...
    https://ballengerspars.com/
    Ballenger is known for quality and service on the West Coast.
    Mitchell
     
  4. dave_a

    dave_a Dave Ahlers

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    Maurice,
    I have a couple suggestions.
    Rig dimensions can be found here: https://www.mauriprosailing.com/us/category/5-Morgan.html
    You might try speaking with Catalina / Morgan factory. While I'm sure they don't have a mast, they're pretty good with owner's groups and spare parts.
    Catalina might be able to point you in the right direction with a supplier. They might also be able to provide some old records from Morgan that might help spec out an OEM style mast. Catalina does build boats in FL and they may have some of those legacy records from Morgan.
    That said, the old mast is a design spec that is from the 70's. I have to believe there is a modern, lighter, perhaps tapered, bendable spare that might make a better sailboat out of your 384. It might take a marine architect/designer to create a mast spec from what is available today. Good luck.
     
  5. Maurice

    Maurice New Member

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    Thank you all for sharing links and details. This is really helpful and I appreciate it!

    Maurice
     
  6. terry_thatcher

    terry_thatcher Terence Thatcher

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    let us all know how it turns out. we could all learn from you now.
     
  7. Maurice

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    It will take a little time, but I certainly will let you know what I learn. I anticipate learning a lot in the process.
     
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    Our Morgan 382 also lost her mast during Dorian we are at Marsh Harbour Boat Yard looking for a replacement to There must hundreds of them in Florida boat salvage yards
     
  9. jnoble

    jnoble John Noble

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    Our masts were not made by Kenyon, but the booms were. The masts were made by what evolved into Johnson Sails, St. Petersburg, Florida. They have continued to change, and are now Island Nautical Maine Center, https://islandnautical.com/. Jack Corey work for Johnson Sails for years after Morgan. I am not sure how much of the original company is still intact. I know of a Morgan 384 in Melbourne, Florida that was dismasted and got a new mast from Johnson Sails some years ago. It was a painted, thinner, and a double spreader rig.

    I would also check with Sailing Services in Miami. Owner Brooks Jones has a Charlie Morgan 41. He is one of the largest sailboat riggers in the country, and national distributor from such suppliers as Stayloc. Tell him I sent you.
     

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