>Please help. I have a FiberSpar Tidal Wave that will not come apart. It has
>been stuck for about six months and I'm looking for any/all advice to get
>Any suggestions? --
Something that has worked on a number of mast (not mine, but I unstuck them
anyway) is to get some sawhorses or find two of something so you can
support the tip and the botto of the mast. Put rags or towels under the
mast so you don't damage it.
then go out to the joint in the middle, and work it up and down. Trun the
mast around as you do this. And if you can fing a hot water hose, get
someone to squirt water on the joint as you work it.
At some point, you may hear a little "grinding sound" which means you've
got the mast going in the right orientation to break down the sand/dirt
that is sticking it together. Just keep working it, and maybe tap it some
as you work it with you *** hammer.
Every once in a while, try to twist the two sections. Once it wil turn just
a little, twist it back and forth to break the sand down even further.
If you stop to consider why most masts stick, you may see why this works.
When you rig your sail, you bent the mast for the whole length, but one
side of the joint (the front) tends to open up either due to the joint
being slightly loose, or just from deformation from bending the mast.
Sand get's into this open space, especially when surfsailing or when the
sand is blowing accross the beach.
When you derig, the sand in this pocket becomes trapped as the joint
goes back to being symetrical.
If you can get the mast in the same orientation that it was when you rigged
it last, as you work the mast up and down, the sand will be
trapped/released, trapped/released and tend to break down into smaller
particles. It will also abrade the carbon in the joint some too, but that
cannot be helped. As soon as the sand breaks down enough the mast will come
Best way to keep this form happening is to wrap a turn of vinyl or
electrical tape around the joint as soon as you put it together. This stops
the sand from getting in in the first place. Tape is cheap, carbon masts
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