Re: Choice of USA Grown Wood for Rebuilding
Highfly, I'mfonsued by what you call the "mast well". If your photo was taken looking down from the deck to the mast step, and the mast step is actually set flush (or nearly flush) with the cabin sole (what landlubbers call "the floor") then that is not a mast well, it is simply that someone has boxed up the space around the mast so the ugly cold damp pole isn't seen in the middle of the cabin.
In which case you really need to figure out how to UNbox that space, to access the mast step and properly refurbish in there. Odds are there are plugs hiding screws, unless someone got creative and just glued the damned thing together with no provisions for access. Oscillating saw, pry bar, five pound sledge hammer...something can fix that. :-)