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Securing mast at the 'Partners'

ready to splash my Dufour Arpege and noticed a few small blocks of wood that may have been used to secure the mast at the partners..

any suggestions on how to make new ones, set things up or is it best to use a product like Spartite?

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Re: Securing mast at the 'Partners'

I prefer spartite, but it takes some serious prep work first. Typically I will get the mast absolutely tuned right with wedges, rigging, forestay, ect all right where I want them before I worry about pouring spartite. The issue is once its down, it can't be easily modified, so spend a few months getting the rig perfect with shims before making the position permanent.
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Re: Securing mast at the 'Partners'

Hello,

Those blocks of wood are called wedges and are used to keep the mast centered where it passes through the deck (at the 'partners'). Is there any reason why you can't use the wedges you have? You should be able to just drop them into place. You may need a soft mallet to really fit them. It's not very difficult.

If the ones you have are damaged, you can buy new ones, made out of rubber, from rigrite.

For my boat, this was the page:
Isomat Mast Wedges

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Re: Securing mast at the 'Partners'

Doug, a mast should always be blocked at the partners. And Spartite is great as long as you pay attention to the prep. It is equally great at making a mess if you don't.

If for some reason you can't use the partners you found on the boat, it should take a carpenter to make up some new ones. Wedges cut from hardwood, or hard rubber, or UHDPE...many choices and all it takes is a saw to make them.
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