Originally Posted by Starovich
don't think it would be a mast, that far forward in a boat would make it pig to steer, and unless you only wanted to go downwind, you would need a center board or keel.
Possibly for tow post?
You only need a centreboard or keel if you are using the mast to sail with. A WAFI race needs a mast with an orange flag on it to mark a start line. Plus usually 2 other flags. I've certainly seen RIBs with short masts near the front for this purpose for small sailing club dinghy racing...
Didn't look terribly structural