Re: PSC 34 compression post
At survey it would have been no trouble to remove the covering board over the wiring channel in the compression post. Ten screws held it in place. Had we removed it, the damage from the water ingress through the mast base would have been clearly apparent as would have been the rotten area at the lower end of the compression post and the rotting floor below the compression post.
That said, we had no reason to remove the covering board during the survey. Irish Eyes has the fixed two leaf table and that kept us from seeing the small black spot at the aft base of the compression post that was the only external indication of the internal rot.
The repair that I described earlier in this thread was straight forward and simple once we located the hidden screws in the head door frame that hold the post in place.
1988 PSC 34