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post #14 of Old 04-20-2009
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Thanks. And sorry, I should have mentioned that mine is also keel stepped. The hole in the deck has less than a 1/2" of play on any one side. Since Pokey doesn't have any shims, then I guess it's possible that the mast is a 1/2" or so off center, which doesn't sound meaningful. More worrisome might be whether when under tension the mast would bang against the sides of the hole, thereby either damaging the deck or chafing the mast itself against the fiberglass. I've never heard any sounds that would indicate this is happening, though.
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