Originally Posted by FishmanTx
Does anyone out there have a pic of 34' mast step in place (keel stepped) or the measurements? We pulled the fragments and the rust pile that used to be our step out of the bilge and it's totally shot! Steel plate used to be around 9"x14", 1" or so thick and slotted fore and we think aft as well but it's hard to tell. The steel had rusted and "delaminated" and crumbled in our hands. We need to fabricate a new one, probably from aluminum block and have it milled.
Since you have already removed the mast, it would be easy to trace a pattern of the mast section That, along with the measurements of the area where the old step was located, a good machine shop will be able to easily fabricate a new step for you.
How does the bottom inch or so of the mast look? I have often had to cut a little off the bottom to get to clean metal and have had the new step built up to compensate for the loss of height.