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post #3 of Old 11-16-2010
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I'm was thinking of replacing my wooden compression post with an aluminum jack pole (king post). How does one obtain/make up an aluminum jack pole and put it in?

I purchased two small hydraulic jacks from Sears and put them on both sides of the compression post, raised the 'ceiling' about an inch having removed the headliner/trim first. I then replaced a rotten rib in the bilge and put in some shims - this allowed me to strengthen the mast support without removing the mast (of course I had to loosen the stays and shrouds first and then tighten after lowering the jacks). Also had aluminum compression post plates made up to support the wooden compression post. This was not required but good backup procedure for wooden compression post. Lastly fiber glassed around mast on cabin top and re-painted gel coat with awlgrip. Very happy with repair. Pictures available.

Last edited by npronpro; 03-06-2011 at 06:09 AM. Reason: repair successfully completed
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