Thanks for this perspective and input. I think I wasn’t quite clear though…my mast wasn’t repaired, it was replaced with a brand new factory mast from Selden USA (with a splice in it). After some digging about I’ve discovered the reason why – turns out Selden USA gets all its extrusions from Europe and they need to fit in a standard shipping container. That’s why any Selden mast made in the US that is over 40 feet long has a splice in it. This includes most every new Hunter out there but also some higher end boats. Unfortunately my replacement mast came from Selden USA rather than Selden Europe, and thus was spliced. Selden has produced thousands of these spliced masts and say they are fully warrantied and that they’ve never had a mast failure due to a splice. As such, the issue is purely cosmetic, although to be honest when you’re looking at a big eyeline rivet cluster cosmetic issues become important!
Apparently, up until not that long ago all Bavaria masts were spliced. I’d be keen to hear from anybody who has a Bavaria tith a splieced Mas…