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Author: Yoshi Nakai ( contact the author
Subject: Mast step fiberglass compression issues
Info: (59 views) Posted: Wednesday 10-2-19 12:35:34 AM

Got repaired after 6 weeks. He said there was no wood issue. He said my rigging tension seems too tight. Since the wooden arch also had a crack, he installed thicker wood next to the ar h for additional support and painted white.

:: i have same issue on #104. Tim Sarns shop is repairing
:: now.
:: :: :: The fiberglass beneath my mast step has a few cracks and
:: :: :: maybe even a bit of compression from it's normal
:: :: :: thickness.
:: :: ::
:: :: :: Anybody else noticed this on their boats? What can be
:: :: :: done about it?
:: ::
:: :: Our boat repair guru in Detroit, Tim Sarns, told me that
:: :: he has repaired several boats (not E27s) with
:: :: compression under the mast step by removing the step and
:: :: the deck skin under it; removing the bad core under it
:: :: and epoxying a thick aluminum plate under the mast step
:: :: plate. The aluminum plate should be a fair amount wider
:: :: and longer than the mast step plate in order to spread
:: :: the compression load. Once the aluminum plate is in
:: :: place the area above it can be filled and faired and a
:: :: new fiberglass cloth epoxied in on top of the aluminum
:: :: plate and faired. Then the deck plate can be
:: :: re-installed. As already mentioned, any problems below
:: :: with the bulkheads or the wood cross beam or ash A-frame
:: :: mast support should be addressed also.

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