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Welding a gooseneck


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Hello again,

Another day of sailing, another little item to repair :) Not actually accurate since this has needed fixing from day one but have postphoned until it has completely broken:


When I bought the boat the gooseneck (?) only had one clip on it, figured it had been that way for ages so it might last a little while longer but sure enough it snapped when I put a little too much downhaul (6:1 block) on the sail. This is the attachment on the boom:


Too me the whole piece seems a little small to be taking the strain from a fully tensioned 6:1 block, perhaps that is why it was half broken when I got in the first place? Anyways I am not sure on the best approach to get some new stainless cut, drilled and welded back on, as you can see I have already drilled the rivets and removed the steel plate from the mast. Someone who is tooled up for stainless work could do it in 5 minutes but my first call to Brisbane Cat Centre got quite an short response. Completely unwilling to give me even a rough idea on price which is a little unhelpful imo. Any suggestions? Better off with entire new gooseneck fitting perhaps, although as a student cheap is best right now :-(

Thanks for any help, here are some pictures from sailing last week around Victoria point, I just tied the boom to the mast with some spare rope.


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G'day Mrblenny thats not a big job to fix. If you have access to a normal arc welder you can buy a stainless steel welding rod for about $5.00 and weld the bits together, don't be scared of stainless it's easier to weld than normal steel. To make the missing one go to any engineering workshop and get a small bit of scrap stainless steel, weld it on, shape it with a grinder then drill a hole. The job would take you about an hour. Someone at your club could probably help you, if you have to pay an engineer to weld it your probably better off to order a new one. If you were here I'd do it for you but it'd cost you a beer

regards Jeff

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If you are going to use an arc welder buy the thinnest rod you can find, 2.5mm as the maximum but preferably 1.6mm and use it at the lowest amperage you can get away with because looking at the part you need to weld it appears to me to be no more than about 1.6mm thick so heat control is of major concern. Personally I would take it to a pro welder and have him tig weld it due to much better control of the heat affected zone. After welding remember to pacify the metal otherwise it will rust just like mild steel.


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