I was sailing my Skerry on the Potomac near Alexandria DC the past two weekends. The first weekend out the winds were around 10 knots w/ gusts to 15 and above. Toward the end of the sail, I noticed that the mast, a stock CLC kit mast, had a series of cracks right above the hole in the forward seat above the mast step. The mast had a very visible bend when I was sailing but it often does under load.
Anyway, when I got home I expanded the cracks with a chisel, put epoxy in the crack where could reach it, clamped it and shot some wood screws where I thought they would be needed.
I took the boat out again yesterday in sustained 13 or so knot breezes with gust probably close to 20. Unfortunately, the mast cracked again and, while the screws held it so it didn't break in two, I think I will have to replace it.
It seems like it would be pretty easy to go to the lumber store and get two long pieces of wood and laminate them together to replace the mast since I have all the dimensions from the original. Anyone have any suggestions on what kind of wood to use? I want something sturdy but supple enough to bend like the old one in a stiff breeze but without cracking.
Thanks for any and all suggestions.