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Mast length


Adam Scarbrough
Does anyone know what the "standard" mast height is on a 1980 382? The previous owner told me my boat was purchased with a tall rig. The mast head on my boat is 52' from the deck.



John Hart

Last summer I measured my mast at 52 feet from the deck to the top, 53' to the top of the windex wind indicator. However "Wanderlust" was dismasted at some point before I purchased it and I don't know if the owner replaced it with a mast of the same size. She is hull #101 and I believe she was built in 1978.



Terence Thatcher
curious: my 1979 382 is just over 50 feet FROM THE WATER LINE. 383s and 384s had higher masts. I do not believe any of the 382s came with a "tall rig."


Richard Kilroy
Guy's: The factory spec is 50 ft 6 inch on the 38-2 waterline to masthead. Am not sure i trust this however. The factory spec on beam is 12 ft, mine measures 12 ft 5 inch, factory spec on draft is 5 ft mine measured 5 ft 4 inch and US sailing says it's 5 ft 3.92 inch so if you realy want to know go measure.



Larry LeBlanc
Mine was advertised at 52 feet. was having it measured this weekend.
Hey Adam, how is she coming along?


Jim Ball
Every water line will differ depending how you have your boat loaded. That will determine "mast height". Even then, if you have an antenna on the top, that would have to be measured as well for determining bridge clearance needed.

I climbed the mast, dropped tape measure to the deck and then added measured distance from waterline to top of the deck. Not an easy task, but accurate.



Jay Green
Here is how I did mine. Put a clear plastic tube on the head thru hull fitting (i.e., when it is closed). Tape it to the mast and run it up the mast about two or three feet. Open the thru-hull valve. The water in the tube will rise to the water line of the boat. Mark the water line on the mast. Now measure the distance from the mark on the mast to the top of the coach roof and the coach roof to the top of the mast. Add these two figures.

If you make this a perminant fixture, you will always be able to determine both your draft and your mast height above the waterline



Hans-Edgar A. Haugen

Looking at the mainmast specs. on my 383, the measurment is 56'6 1/4".
Does any of you have experience installing a Webasco heater, and if so, where it should be installed?


Hans-Edgar A. Haugen

56'6 1/4" acording to the specs. on my 383.
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Adam Scarbrough
Well, I dont think that the mast on my boat has ever been changed out. I had to repair it and found a 13' piece mast section that was left over from Morgan. My mast is out of the boat so its pretty easy to measure. Its 57' total length. I measured from the deck to the mast step....5', leaving 52' above the deck. I do need to make a correction, it is a 1979 model 382. Has anyone else had trouble with the bolts pulling out of the "blob" under the mast step? Mine had just the head of the bolt seated in the glass. I have no idea how this held for as long as it did. I love this boat but it will really make you scratch your head.


Jim Ball
The bolts serve little function except to keep the mast from moving slightly and have very little stress placed on them. The major stresses are on your standing rigging.


Alan & Cheryl Shedd
Hi Adam:

I'm sure you've already searched the archives for key words like Mast Step Bolts. There's a lot posted on the subject including several I wrote about our experiences. Preparing the boat for transport after buying in on the Chesapeake, the yard tried to lift the mast but it was stuck to the mast base. Crud had blocked the weep holes and water accumulated in the mast base. The bolts securing the base gave way - they were not strong enough to lifty the boat with.
Later, I cleaned up the base, painted it to slow corrosion and re-set the bolts glassing them into place using fiberglass tape covering larger washers to provide better surface.
Jim is right - the bolta mainly keep the mast but from moving but once the rig is tight, it is unlikely to move at all.
ORC regulations require the base of the mast to be secured to the mast step so that in the event of a roll-over, with broken or loose shouds and stays, the mask won't come out of the boat and cause more damage. I have not thought of a good way to accomplish this yet - Bolting the mast to the base is not secure enough. I'm not sure putting a large bolt thru the walls of the mast bucket and the mast base would be sufficient even if there was a way to slide it into place.

Good luck with your project.


Adam Scarbrough
I think I have figured this out. (I think I have had this boat just about as far apart as you can possibly have it). Anyway, I made 2, 1.5" wide by 6" tall aluminum plates that I have welded to the mast step. I have 2, 1/2" holes in them that will align with holes in the mast. I also drilled down into the "blob" (who came up with this idea?) about 4" so that I could glass in 2 new bolts for the mast step. This will still allow me to move the step forward and backward if needed, and should not pull out. Once the mast is in place on the step I will put 2, 1/2" bolts into the little welded pieces I made. Before all of this takes place.......Does anyone have any reason that this may not work?