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Ei Leen 03-09-2013 09:33 AM

Mast Step Problem
I was given an Ocean Yachts Islands 17. The mast plate is missing. Searching for one that resembles the specs has proven fruitless. The specs are also not detailed enough to indicate exactly how it attaches to the mast. There is also a chance the tongue on the bottom of the mast is damaged but without having seen how it is supposed to be, I can't know for sure. Obviously, if I can't step the mast, this boat is useless to me. So, I am hoping to find someone who has the same boat who would be willing to take pix of the bottom of the mast with and without the base plate. We can fabricate the plate if we knew what it should look like, how it should attach to the mast and whether or not the mast base is as it should be. Ideally, of course, I'd purchase the plate if I could find one.
I am new to sailing and not very familiar with the online community, so if you'd also be willing to spread the word, it would be greatly appreciated.

Faster 03-09-2013 09:40 AM

Re: Mast Step Problem
I'll move this to Gear and Maintenance..

Posting some pictures will be helpful, difficult to imagine what fittings are there otherwise.

Ei Leen 03-09-2013 10:06 AM

Re: Mast Step Problem
Here is a link to the boat specs. It is a PDF. The specs are actually from the Sumner version of the boat but the mast step picture seems consistent with the earlier model made by OY. I definitely have the OY model - the company's plate is still on the boat.

I tried to post the pix but the forum is not allowing me to do so, since I have posted less than 10 times.

Faster 03-09-2013 10:57 AM

Re: Mast Step Problem
Just type out the URL with DOT instead of "." and we can sort it out.

Ei Leen 03-09-2013 11:13 AM

Re: Mast Step Problem
There are 3 pix of the mast base and one of the mast step at the bottom of this album.

I also just added the drawing from the original spec sheet

Ei Leen 03-09-2013 11:34 AM

Re: Mast Step Problem
The tongue on the bottom of the mast measures 5/8" X 2 1/4".
The mast step is as follows:
Length 4 3/16"
Width outside 3/4"
Width inside 5/8"
Depth inside 5/8"

outside depth is difficult to measure due to caulking

Faster 03-09-2013 11:58 AM

Re: Mast Step Problem
Looks like you're missing another piece of channel that fits INSIDE the one in the hull, that would be hinged on that pin at the back end. What's odd is I don't see any holes in the block at the foot of the mast to pin it to the missing channel piece... Anyhow the two channel pieces would make a hinge that allows you to lean the mast back to lower it, and vice versa.

I've inserted the real link into your post so maybe someone's got more specific information. Good luck. A metal fabricator should be able to help out, or try googling "Rig Rite" as a resource.

Ei Leen 03-09-2013 12:00 PM

Re: Mast Step Problem
Thanks. Yes, there should be another piece similar to the mast step that attaches to the mast and hinges with the step plate. If we could determine how it was attached to the mast, we'd have far less of a problem :(

Ei Leen 03-09-2013 12:01 PM

Re: Mast Step Problem
I've already checked Rig Rite AND Dwyers. They have nothing that looks like what I need

Faster 03-09-2013 12:27 PM

Re: Mast Step Problem

Originally Posted by Ei Leen (Post 1000438)
Thanks. ....If we could determine how it was attached to the mast, we'd have far less of a problem :(

Maybe stop blocks in front and behind the mast foot.. probably adjustable within that inner channel..

Looks like your friendly local metal shop (or highschool?) is your next stop..

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