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post #3 of Old 01-30-2010
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Have you looked at the Garhauer mast plates? For these low prices, it is hardly worth making your own, if they will fit!

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But, they are all rectangular. I just removed my mast step today, to do the same thing. Since my step, and the raised fiberglass area underneath it are both oval, I think I will have a machine shop make one. I think that a rectangular plate would overhang too much at the corners, and perhaps be a bit weak, as they would not be suppported as well.

Of coures it depends on loads, but for a typical cruising 30'er, anyone know how thick a plate should be done in stainless? What about aluminum, how thick?
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