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Nowak & Williams "America" question

For the last few years, my father and I have been restoring a 1976 "America" catboat. We are getting close to putting her in the water, but a few questions still need answering. The Mast slips into a hole in the foredeck and is locked into place by a protrusion at the bottom end of the mast, that fits in a similar sized slot in the hull. There is a forestay and that is all. My question is related to the size of the mast in relation to the size of the hole in the foredeck. It seems to me there is enough difference in the two diameters to promote the mast banging around in the hole. Is there usually some sort of grommet, bushing or other device that they use to correct this problem? I really hope I haven't just asked a dumb question, but I'm used to at least three stays and a more solid installation of the mast. Any answers or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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