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Originally Posted by ajf10 View Post
Well I would like to point out that the way I "bastardized" the cabin top was to repair the rotting hunk of wood in the keel sump that the mast step was resting on,
That would be the mast compression block. A common problem with Catalina 27s. That piece of wood between the bottom of the cabin top and the compression block is a "mast compression post," not the mast step. The mast step is, quite literally, the thing upon which the mast is stepped, atop the cabin

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It is now completely solid from the base of the keel sump to the mast step, and the trade off is I raised the cabin top maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch, and changed the pitch slightly.

Did it occur to you that it is expensive and time consuming to drop the mast, redo the repair, and then raise the mast again?
So instead you'll bastardize the rigging? You went to all that time and trouble to replace the mast compression block and the core below the mast step, and now you're going to jury-rig your rigging? Are you sure that's how you want your work to turn out?

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Not all of us have access to willing riggers who are always available.
What do you need a rigger for?

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And furthermore, it is quite frankly not an easy task to get the cabin top exactly at the right level,
Find another Cat 27 and take some measurements? They're all over the place. (Our club has two or three, at least, and there are others for sale around here all the time.)

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This is my leaky old weekend project that I enjoy working on and learning while I do it.
You enjoy doing hack jobs? Not trying to be judgemental or offend, but what's the point in putting the effort in achieve a half-assed result? Think about it: Won't you be much happier with the results if you do it right?

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Why don't you let those with constructive and REALISTIC input reply.
I don't see how he's stopping them.

Btw: To those of us who like to do it right, SD's input was constructive and realistic. And aren't you getting just a bit >< defensive?

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Regardless of your attacks on me.... my points are still quite valid, and what you did is clearly a half-assed hack job, obviously because you're too arrogant to learn how to do a proper repair, and now have to do a half-assed mod to the rigging to fix your original mistake.

BTW, changing the cabin shape by that small amount probably has other effects throughout the boat that aren't realized yet. For instance, the tabbing to the bulkheads is now strained in a way it wasn't before, and loads on the chainplates and hull are going to differ from what was designed.

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