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Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps
Were they on the boat when you got her or did you install them. If you installed them, I presume you drilled and tapped all the holes. What size bolt? And what about SS bolts on an aluminum mast?
They were already installed when we took ownership. They are indeed mounted with s/s machine screws, although the exact size escapes me at the moment (I'll check next time I do a boat check.) They are sized to fit the mounting holes in the steps.
Whoever installed them used a sealant on them; not sure if it was TefGel but it could very well be. I've never found corrosion (knock on wood.)
I think with TelGel you'll be fine. A nylon washer between the screw head and the step probably wouldn't hurt either.
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