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I guess you could try having it welded, and if it doesn't work, buy the new part. At least you have the option. Actually $200 doesn't sound that bad.
Welding it will work fine - every Lewmar I have seen had a solid bronze base and that is a near perfect application for brazing which generally uses some type of copper alloy as the filler rod. I'm not up on all the types of filler available for MIG & TIG welding but if copper alloys are available for them, they are probably the best way to go. Finding a good welder is as simple as looking at some of their work - if they can lay a pretty bead, they are probably very good.
You obviously understand the need to remount the bases in a proper orientation afterwards.
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Last edited by SloopJonB; 10-22-2011 at 02:35 PM.