Re: Compresion post repaired
Datsun, at this point it is anyone's guess whether those two "beams" were ever supposed to be the same height. "I still have several issues with the current compression post design," But I have seen Bob Perry's original drawings for the boat, and it was designed to have the mast either supported by a simple vertical compression post, or keel-stepped.
Apparently someone at Islander "had a better idea" and used this zany scheme to open up the interior and give the boat a palatial cabin. One might seriously consider throwing out some scrap wood and metal, and installing a simple vertical post, and just telling folks to exhale and squeeze by if they want to go forward of it.