The Mast Base I received with my new mast (last fall) from Ballenger
is the same with the exception that's it's the newer style that is
pinned internally with a single bolt. It looks like the 4 bolt
diamond pattern is identical with the only difference being the
anchor inside the mast either being the aluminum block that's fixed
by the 4 bolts Bill mentions or the sleeve that's anchored with the
single bolt. I'll upload a pic of my base area.
:: Not sure what exactly you are asking about, but I added :: some pics of mine in a new gallery called, cleverly, :: Mast Base. I think this is the original set up. There is :: a tombstone shaped shoe that fits into the mast and is :: secured by 4 screws through the mast wall into the shoe. :: The tilting mast base unit then bolts to the shoe with 4 :: screws. :: :: I try to remove the base every year and clean it up :: because the base of the mast seems like it would be a :: very harsh environment. It was a bear to disassemble the :: first time but is pretty smooth now. The shoe had some :: stripped holes, so I have re-drilled a couple to the :: next size up and re-tapped. I use LanoCote as an :: anti-seize when reassembling but I know others swear by :: other products. :: :: Bill :: :: :: Hello, :: :: :: :: Does anyone has photos of their mast base, on deck and :: :: inside the base of the mast section? :: :: :: :: Ballenger explains some sort of tubing (square tubing :: :: about 2" x 2.5" with 1/8" wall) that is apparently :: :: screwed onto the stainless plate and into which is the :: :: section is simply in place with a bolt going through the :: :: section. This allows a little play considering the base :: :: of the mast always rocks a little. :: :: :: :: I need photos to better understand the mod. :: :: :: :: Thanks! :: :: :: :: Jerome