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The suggestion of fiberglass was made because you can pack it with a lot of cloth and mat and thus give it the strength and density needed for the job. I also think that laying it up on the curved surface where it will go is the easiest way to match the contour.
Be SURE that you have plenty of wax on the mast surface before applying resin! A couple of layers of waxed paper taped over the area would be good if you can find some.
You may be able to use the new bases to adapt new winches to the existing holes in the mast by bolting the new base into them with countersunk screws, and then, in turn, separately fastening the winch to the new base.
Last edited by Goodnewsboy; 12-12-2006 at 02:30 PM.