On the couple occasions when I've talked to merchants about solving
this problem, it seems like they either offer me a useless fix or
give me a look like I'm from another planet or something.
I know the problem is real, I am from Earth, and I suspect someone
has a solution and is willing to share it. Netters??
I have a one piece Ampro fiberglass mast, that has served well for 5
years. When new, it had a little red plastic cap on the tip, and some
foam plugs inside it, to keep the water out. Those things are long
since gone, and all that's left is a tapered tube.
When my rig goes under, the tube fills up and gets heavy. Once I manage to
get it out of the water, it doesn't drain very well because of the limited
openings at the base/foot. In short, it's a pain in the butt, reduces
my fun and safety.
I want my mast to stay full of air, and give my rig a little flotation
to speed those water starts and reduce my thrash time. Press-fit foam
plugs simply do not work, and after they're dislodged, they can make
the problem worse by impeding drainage further.