A new mast would cost about $400. Since the companies I located were on the East Coast, and I am in Olympia, WA, shipping was going to be a problem. Turns out that if they can drop it off at a recognized commercial address, in my case a friendly local lumber yard, the shipping costs drop down to about $250--of course that doesn't include the cost of any fittings that you will be robbing from your old mast.
But! I got lucky. A fellow down in Vancouver, Washington had put a Ranger 16 mast on his Tanzer, and we struck a deal for his old mast--200 bucks, and I drive down and pick it up. Bonus--it had a complete set of fittings on the mast. He threw in the old shrouds for another 25 dollars. Thank you Ralph--see post June 23, 2014.
Ralph is the guy who did the total refurb on his Tanzer--like new boat and
trailer, with full cover, and nice sails. He was only asking 4 thou--bargain.
I would have bought it if I weren't already emotionally invested in my own.
The next task is to find a hinge. O'Day was the answer. They are still making their boat, current count 10,000 units, and they still make parts. The hinge came from D & R Marine (http://www.drmarine.com) cost: About 51 bucks plus shipping.
|This is the small hinge--they make a larger one, but this seems appropriate.|
Next part: Getting some plugs to attach the mast to the hinge.