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I just put in a keel stepped mast. What do you use to take out the 1/4 clearance (all around the mast). I have 1/2 inch rubber wedge in there now. The wood wedges Ive seen at rigRite seem too large. This is my first keel stepped masted boat. I am sure you can tell.....How tight does it have to be..... SOLID?
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Spartite. Forget the wedges
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I concur, Spartite, wedgies are for underware not masts!
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We''ve sailed the last five seasons (since we got the boat) without wedges or spartite.
Though they both seem like good ideas, we can''t decide where exactly would be the best place to keep the mast at the partners (where it goes through the deck/cabintop), so it sort of "floats" in the opening. The main problem we''ve had from this is the amount of rainwater this lets in, so we''re leaning towards spartite to solve the water issue. We still have to decide whether to put the mast forward or aft in the opening.
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Okay. I''ve dealt with keel stepped masts all of my life and I can tell you this: If you don''t wedge the mast, you''ll never get a boot to hold together and keep the water out.

Here''s the plan: After the mast is stepped, set up the rigging so the mast is floating in the center of the aperture, then use wedges, cedar shingles work well enough or you can buy a set of framing wedges, the type that carpenters use to wedge window and door frames, to wedge the mast in place.

Now, there are two schools of thought here but as you''re dealing with that small of a gap, it shouldn’t matter. Either wedge the mast centered in the aperture or wedge it against the forward edge. I usually wedge hard against the forward edge myself.

Don’t be bashful! Run those babies home! Yes, solid is good. Then take a utility knife and score the wedges just above the opening and snap them off. Reinstall the boot over all and you’re all set! Good luck.
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So... What I am hearing... is that the wedges are more to keep the boot on and the water out....than any rigging/mast position/engineering reason. Hell, I thought it was necessary to go all through these gyrations to keep it centered and keep it from bouncing around in the collar under load. cool... thanks for you help
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I give up.
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I just bought the boat. Maybe next year when I am more comfitable with it I''ll use the Spartite.
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