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post #5 of Old 02-20-2002
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Deck stepped Mast-Always Bad ?

Jeff: we have a deck stepped mast on T.P.III
I call the brace between the mast and the
keel,a Sampson post.Ours is stainless steel and the flange under the mast base is about
12" in dia. larger than the base of the mast.
Rather than just mounting the mast to the deck,we have a tabernacle which allows us to raise and lower the mast a will.It my opinon
that if it wasn''t for the cost factor all masts would be deck stepped!!
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