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Center & Align new Mast Bracket?!?? (with pics)
I had posted a thread awhile back about cutting a mast since I was replacing the bracket (which was too big, cumbersome and a little bent up).
I am replacing the mast step/bracket/cradle with a 'dwyer tabernacle'. I think it will work out nice. I will be able to use the factory holes (the other holes where drilled out crooked for the old bracket - this mast is a replacement and is not original to the step).
I grinded out most of the fiberglass where the step used to mount, it was cracked, had been drilled out a couple of times and discolored from water damage (this is a '74 laguna windrose)... thus I lost the original holes.
I am slowly rebuilding the glass from the inside upside=down one thin layer at a time, it's getting beefy, got about 20 layers up so far. Also plan to add 2 addition crossmembers and glass it all together. I will then glass a larger portion of the deck where the step mounts. I have not strated grinding top-side yet. The original holes are still there but there's a more than the originals (someone had this bracket off before and changed the holes a little).
My question is:
How do I center and align this new bracket??! Someone suggested I use a plumb bob and try to go off the center of the keel (which is not right under the mast). I want to get the bracket centered and also aligned so it's not cocked a little to one side of the other. Does the rudder come into play in the equasion? Also... is it ok to move the bracket forward slightly if the rigging allows (I want to center it over the crossmembers and wood inside the glass in the deck)?
Please help. This is my first sailboat project. I am thinking that you would want this straight and centered.