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My thoughts on this:
1. There shouldn't be any "play" in the mast step - the mast should fit snugly between the cheeks.
2. Why the slots? There should be a single bolt running through the side holes and a wing-nut (preferably) on the other side.
3. The bolt-holes should be at the aft-most end of the cheeks, so that the mast step can open up like a hinge for lowering.
4. The cheeks and base need to be beefed up A LOT from what you've shown - I'd suggest making the entire thing out of cast aluminium.
Do you have any pics of your current set-up - including your mast base - that you could post here? What kind of boat is this for??
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 10-16-2011 at 07:03 PM.