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Mast Drilling

Well this was sort of scary...

I mean you really only get one shot at it and it better be right.

As some of you know I had my mast step rebuilt and along with that a SS base plate has been made to accommodate both the positive through bolting of my mast to meat Category 1 offshore rules and also for deck tie rod installation..

Well we just drilled the mast with a 1 1/4" hole saw...We took the base plate and used the two mast winches to suck it up tight...basically self aligning itself by the Derlin donut we cut to the ID of the mast that's now bolted to the new base plate. Then drilled away.

This is the first time I have ever drilled a new hole into a mast..it was a little nerve racking...check, double check, a triple check then a now or never kind of thing.

I'm Pretty confidant it will all line up in the boat..

The pin is 1" SS with an 1/8" Derlin bushing all around isolating the two metals hence the 1 1/4 hole..I think it will work well .......I hope....

I need a beer! ..
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Good luck Still... Hopefully, mr. murphy was far from you when you did this.
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Here is a picture of the new base....Should I bother Polishing it?...is there a benefit?
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I feel your pain Still old friend. Whenever I need to drill holes in the Womboat I go into a form of suspended animation coupled with total paranoia. I hate it.

Which is why I have a whole list of todos virually all of which require drilling holes.

Pass me one of those beers would you ?
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Polishing it reduces the chances of corrosion setting in quickly... makes it look pretty and last longer.
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The new base looks expensive. A friend of mine is doing work along the same lines on a Pearson 36 ketch. $400 for steel, and a whole bunch more for aluminum. He's thinking about going the Charlie Cobra route and doing it himself with locust or ashe.
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I feel your pain Still old friend. Whenever I need to drill holes in the Womboat I go into a form of suspended animation coupled with total paranoia. I hate it.

Which is why I have a whole list of todos virually all of which require drilling holes.

Pass me one of those beers would you ?
OK Polish it will get...



Womby....Here ya go Mate!...

PS: When you visit I wont have to twist your arm to drink this stuff...Wonderfull!....Might just have to build in a Kegerator into the boat now.....Ah!...who needed two heads anyway...
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Drilling that would make me as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof, especially along the seam like that. Hell, looking at it makes me nervous....
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I'd point out that putting a reinforcing collar around the mast might make sense, given that you've drilled two rather big holes in the weakest part of it...
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