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Adding Winches to the Mast
I deceded to move my lines back to the mast. I installed clutches aboyut 5 inches below the exit of the internal halyards, and will be installing a winch on each side, as close to the ground, (probably 2 feet off)
THe Winches are a pair of Lewmar ST 30. I will be using teak blocks. The boat is a Catalina 36 MKI and the mast is fairly flat. I'll be sanding the center of the teak blocks to create the necessary curvature, probably 1/2 inches deep in total. The teak blocks are 1 1/4 inches thick. So the meat at the thinnest section will be about 3/4 inches, more around the edges.
Question: Should I attach the winch to the teak block (5/16-20 machine screws with washers and locknuts) and then attach the block separately with perhaps heftier screws onto the mast, or should I just drill through the block and attach the winch directly to the mast.
It is all drilled and tapped of course.