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Pearson 424 Mast wedges

Does anyone know what size mast wedge to use on an ''81 424. I bought one from RigRite - 1/2 inch by 21/2 but it appears to be just a little thick. The deck collar isn''t as ovel as the mast.. It''s (61/2 total)1 inch larger from side to side, so that will fit ok, but fore/aft its about a 1/4 inch too small.(should be 9 3/4) but is only 9 1/2. Is it suppose to be tha tight?
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Pearson 424 Mast wedges

Can''t answer your question directly but if you can''t get it solved with wedges... you might try this rope trick...
Using yacht BRAID of larger diameter than the gap between mast and deck partners,and of sufficient length to wrap around mast 3 times...with mallet and chisel drive the rope into the space between the two..then add a layer of silicone gunk....then pound in another turn on the rope...then andd more silicon etc. for 3-4 turns. Provides a tight 360 degrees of support for the mast and hasn''t let a drop of water in on my boat for over two years now. Best...GB
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