Mast leak on Brewer 44

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1 year 9 months ago #2792 by Gino & Carolyn Del Guercio
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We have a Brewer 44. Lately the area where the mast enters the cabin has begun to leak. The area around the mast itself is well sealed. I think its coming from the metal collar around the mast. Any suggestions?

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1 year 9 months ago #2794 by Michael Smolek
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I chased a mast leak for months. Resealed the mast boot, re-bedded the mast collar, etc. Still leaked. Finally discovered a small vertical crack in the mast track at the deck. Apparently someone had driven a mast wedge in the track where the aluminum is thin. I used some JB Weld (aluminum) to seal. I have in-mast mainsail furling so my mast track at the deck is quite wide.

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1 year 9 months ago #2795 by Michael Collins
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We had a similar leak that we chased for about a year. When we finally had the mast pulled we found the metal collar had deteriorated where we couldn’t see unless the mast was pulled. We replaced the plate and had a fiberglass plate made with drainage channels. The rigger also sealed around the mast with a liquid product (can’t remember the name) that then set hard to stabilize mast which replaced the mast wedges. We have had no issues for 5 years now and several thousand miles around the Caribbean.

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1 year 9 months ago #2796 by Gino & Carolyn Del Guercio
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Stargazer, I’d like to talk further on the phone. Please email me with a convenient time and number. I’m currently in Woods Hole, MA. Ginodelg(at)mac.com

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