I'd hardly call the thread dead as, with it's revival, we've had two comments in favor of keel stepped masts whereas the prior comments were all in favor of deck stepped masts. If the sailnet constabulary spent as much time reading the threads as they do the post dates they might merely see a conversation interrupted versus a lapse in etiquette.
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