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Old 08-21-2010
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Mast steps

Hi everyone,

I'd like to remove the mast steps that came with my boat. Each step (approx. 20 of them) is secured to the mast with 6 screws (3 on top 3 on bottom).
Question.... Do I need to worry about all the holes in the aluminum mast or should I fill them with something after I remove the steps?
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I would recommend filling them with a thickened epoxy putty, like MarineTex. The main reason for filling them is to prevent additional water from getting into the mast.

Just curious, but why do you want to remove the steps, they're quite useful to have and a PITA to replace. If you ever plan on going into the Caribbean or any other areas that have shallow waters with coral heads, you're likely going to want to have mast steps to give you a better vantage for spotting the coral heads. They're also useful when doing maintenance/repairs aloft.
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I'd also vote for keeping them on. They are quite useful and difficult to get on in the first place or replace.
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