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RoadTool 12-12-2004 08:06 AM

Mast base organizer?
What Im looking for may not be available but I can hope cant I ?

What Im looking for is a base for deck step masts , and is dish like casting that has a series of holes around the outer ring of the dish for halyard block attachment .

What I have now is/are Schaefer turning blocks deck mounted that account for a total of 20 holes in the cabin top on top of that they are self tapped screwed , so this will be changed one way or another before uncovering in the spring ....

If I cant locate a mast base organizer I will prob either use 3/8" u bolts in the mast as low to the deck as possible and single blocks with Harken stand up springs so they dont fall on the deck when unloaded .


DelmarRey 12-12-2004 10:08 AM

Mast base organizer?
I too have Schaefer blocks but the half moon that already has the springs.

You might check with the manufacrue of your mast. They may have a mast base with and organizer flange.

On my vessel I built a 316 SS hourseshoe that fits around the mast step and mounted the blocks on that . It had 14 winches when I made the purchase. Now it''s down to 6. Every line runs back to the cockpit now . Much better for singlehandling

Here are a couple links to pictures. Hope this helps in your search and/or ideas.


SailorMitch 12-12-2004 10:51 AM

Mast base organizer?
Yes, you need to know the manufacturer of your mast to see what they offer for that purpose. That would beat having a custom fabrication done costwise. Two links to try are and Good luck.

RoadTool 12-12-2004 01:54 PM

Mast base organizer?
I understand but I have no idea who built Seafarer Spars 25 yrs ago , what i was hoping is id find something in a boat graveyard that I could possibly modify to provide , If not as I say I will drill the mast low and use U Bolts and stand up spring individual blocks and scrap my present turning blocks , 20 is 20 too many holes in the deck , after beginning removing deck hardware in the fall I reduced the holes by 18 at that time , and another job is to shorten the worthless
sail tracks to a usable length , lets face it no one needs 8'' inner sheeting tracks ..........

Sasha_V 12-12-2004 02:11 PM

Mast base organizer?
Build a platform (actually two) for supporting as many turning blocks as you want.

Imagine two C shaped plateforms that stand about 1 1/2 inches off the deck placed around the mast (mast in the middle of the O made by the two C''s) Attach as many turning blocks as you want to the stainless platforms and then bolt the two platforms down with atotal of four bolts.


P.S I can show you pictures if you wish

geohan 12-12-2004 02:27 PM

Mast base organizer?
Re deck trackage. Would tweekers (Downhauls floating on the jib sheets to judiciously positioned deck blocks) answer your need? If the eye pads were ''inboard'' and ''outboard'' (inhaul & outhaul) you can trick the jib clew into thinking its fairlead was any place within a rectangle on deck. The higher the clew the longer the fore and aft dimmension of the rectangle. However, a fixed fairlead further aft would be required to provide a fair lead to the winch. It''s an economical and convienent way to position the jib clew for sail shaping.

FWIW, George

palacegrand 12-12-2004 10:59 PM

Mast base organizer?
I had a similar issue with my former 25''trailerable. Added spinnaker gear, vang etc, but didn''t want to put more holes in the coachouse. Made my own out of stainless plate, large enough to fit under the mast base/tabernacle with full length tabs sticking out on all four sides. Worked very nicely, though should''ve used a thicker guage as there was some bending near the vang.

Go to, check under "hardware" for "halyard organizer plates" for the basis of my idea. lyID=19&familyName=Halyard+Organizer+Plates

You can do a cut & paste if that link doesn''t display correctly.


c25 12-14-2004 12:58 AM

Mast base organizer?
You may want to take a look at Seals & Spars in California...they have plates of various sizes.

kc_cmc 12-29-2004 12:08 PM

Mast base organizer?
Page 38 and 39 of the Selden catlog ( show some plates that mount under the mast heel. Those may work well for you.

makcap 12-30-2004 05:13 PM

Mast base organizer?
road tool what you need is call a wing plate
or organizer..

you can purchase one from a company in california called garhauer marine hardware
i have a catalina 30 that i just bought one for... hope this helps.. here is the

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