Spar and sailing hardware manufacturer Seldèn Mast (www.seldenmast.com) recently recalled its model number 517-914 forestay fitting due to reports that a few onboard cruising boats had suffered cracks in the welding. Unfortunately, the crack develops along the weld on the rear side of the fitting (inside the mast), where it is not easily spotted.
The suspect production batches were manufactured from 2004 to 2008. According to Seldèn, only masts exposed to forestay loads exceeding a critical limit are at risk. The company’s recall notice lists the 10 boat makes that could have suspect forestay fittings installed. These include some models of Najad, Hunter, Van de Stadt, Hallberg Rassy, and Etap boats. See the website for the full list.
If your boat make/model is on the list, check to see whether the forestay fitting is stamped with the number “517-914.” (This number can be seen without removing the fitting.) If it is, contact Seldèn via its online form or by calling 843/760-6278. The company will send a replacement fitting and will cover professional labor expenses incurred to install it.
For more on this recall or specific instructions for getting a replacement fitting, visit www.seldenmast.com.
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