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C&C 30 mast step

I'm sure I read somewhere that C&C replaced the wooden mast step with a metal (aluminium?) on the 30's to prevent rotting when it got wet.
I looked at one recently, a 1976 vintage, and it looked like this:


Is this one a "rotter"? Looks awfully like a large lump of wood there, as well as a big lump of aluminium. I can't remember if the wood actually felt soft where it is discoloured.
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

Could you tell if the mast was sitting on that wood, or is it just a trim around that aluminum shoe?
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

Pull those two wooden shims out and shine a flashlight beam just aft of the mast to see what the mast is resting on. I looked at a C&C 30 with a warped original wooden mast step that looked a lot like that one.
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

Bit difficult to do that since a) It's not my boat and b) It's a 95 minute ferry ride and an hour drive away
I guess I will wait and see if any actual C&C30 owners can shed any light on it.
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

check out cncphotoalbum.com Its the best source for all things C&C
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

Yep, I already use that site extensively as a current C&C owner, there are some photos of the mast step replacement process, but they only ever seem to remember to take photos once they are going on it and have already hacked most of it away. Presumably they stand back and think, oh crap, I meant to take photos of this
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

I'm going through the same issue this spring on my C&C 30. Looks like the same situation. Plywood stringers under the oak block, though mine is a 74. C&C resource page has a good picture of this. Not to bad a repair just a pain.
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

The problem isn't the block of wood you see under the aluminum fitting, although that may need to be replaced also. The block of wood sits above the bilge on crosswise frames which are wood, and may be covered in glass. It's those frames which can rot out and need to be repaired. You need to remove the block of wood you can see in the photo to assess the integrity of the true mast step-- the frames in the bilge which hold all that stuff up.
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

Is there a way of looking/checking without pulling the mast and dismantling the whole area?
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Re: C&C 30 mast step

Not really,although you may be able to get a sense of it. There is a narrow (8") floorboard in the C&C 30 immediately aft of the mast step. Lifting this gives you access to the aftmost frame supporting the mast step. If this is in bad shape, you can assume the others (I think there a 2 others) are also.
If it looks ok and is solid to probing with an awl, I might let it go until the next time the mast is pulled. The rest of the dismantling job is easy.
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