I recently bought a 27ft cruising sailboat (moderate/heavy displacement, long keel, sloop rigged).
The mast is deck stepped, and it is not resting flat on top of its step, but leaning backwards.
I have tried easing the backstay and tightening the forestay as much as possible, but that did not made any noticeable difference.
I have attached a picture to help illustrate the issue. The measuring tape shows a gap of about 0.5cm (0.2 inches) on the forward section:
How much of a problem could this be? Is it something that is normal/acceptable, or does it have to be sorted out as quickly as possible?