Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby R. Bush » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:36 pm

The mast wedge on my F25 is pretty beaten and abused. It is also about 3" short of extending completely around the mast, so I figure a new one is in order.

Does anyone know of a supplier or manufacturer who can supply new mast wedges for Freedoms?
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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby R. Bush » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:35 pm

What about Spartite? Has anyone had success using this on Freedoms, or is it designed for use on stayed masts?

I know there has been discussions along these lines on various threads in the past, but has anyone actually tried Spartite? If so, do you feel comfortable with the result?
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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby hxschiller » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:34 pm

I recall considerable discussion of Spartite, and othe rubber pou-in-place products on this site. Do a search, and you'll find it.
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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby numbknots » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:30 pm

R. Bush,

Spartite inmy opinion is an expensive product and if not put in properly you will not get your mast down if needed. Beleive me I have 2 masts that are glued in place now. The product is wayover priced and there are similar products on market if you are determined to go this direction that are just as good but more reasonable. Do your homework and check old posts. (especially Michaels) What ever you decide use all the release agent you can get your hands on cause once that stuff sets its very hard. Good luck Numbknots
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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby GeoffSchultz » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:45 am

I agree with numbknots as I've had to cut out one of my Spartite jobs. However, I can now pull the mast without any issues with my current Spartite job.

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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby briank1946 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:59 pm

Hi Geoff

Looking at my masts I think they're 'glued in'. How did you cut through all that Spartite?

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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby R. Bush » Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:33 pm

I'm not a particularly "handy" guy. I'm sure there are other products out there that are better for less money, but I'm willing to pay some extra for a product that comes with idiot resistant instructions and all the bits-and-pieces you need to do the job rite.

The next question is: How do you get an unstayed mast to sit upright in a hole while the resin dries? In most boats I can see that the rigging should hold the mast where you want it on a colm day, but a Freedom isn't most boats.
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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby Michel » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:46 am

R. Bush wrote:I'm not a particularly "handy" guy. I'm sure there are other products out there that are better for less money, but I'm willing to pay some extra for a product that comes with idiot resistant instructions and all the bits-and-pieces you need to do the job rite.

The next question is: How do you get an unstayed mast to sit upright in a hole while the resin dries? In most boats I can see that the rigging should hold the mast where you want it on a colm day, but a Freedom isn't most boats.


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Search this site for my posts about PU-rubber. Also check my photos on http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabama_queen/287929517/in/set-72057594118441897/ to see how I've cast mast wedges, if you like.
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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby GeoffSchultz » Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:25 am

briank1946 wrote:Looking at my masts I think they're 'glued in'. How did you cut through all that Spartite?


I drilled holes through the material and then used a hack saw blade to makes cuts between the holes. The next time I carefully coated the stainless deck ring so that it wouldn't bond to it.

I had my mast re-painted and and when they did that they cut the Spartite off of the mast. While I was upset when I first saw it, I've now found that it actually makes life much easier as I can pound the Spartite out from below and the mast just pops out. Likewise I drop the mast back in and then reinstall the Spartite ring by tapping it in place with a rubber mallet and then siliconing the joints. The key thing is to carefully mark the orientation of the wring relative to the mast.

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Re: Freedom Mast Wedge Replacement

Postby sailmon » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:56 pm

If you want to replace the original wedge, you may want to contact warren River Boat Works. They stock a number of Freedom parts. As recently as 18 months ago, they told me they could get me a replacement polyurethane wedge. They did say I would have to trim and shape it myself - sounds like it comes in a rectangular cross section. Personally, I think I'd go with the spartite - with precautions noted above.
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