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compression post repair/replace or addition ?

Hey Gents and Ladies,
Looking foreward to another great season on Lake Erie coming up ! Lots to do, and last year,
I noticed a wee dish on the deck around my deck stepped mast. She's an Ontario 28 with a partial bulkhead underneath and what looks like a 2 x 4 compression post in the corner. I know the mast, once snugged on (I make sure not to over tighten too much ), causes the deck to depress a bit . Now failing the obvious, does the deck have moisture issues, could I marry up another 2 x 4 to the one present ? I do not think there is any rot in the present post, it may have just shrunk 1/2 " or so ?

Any thought s are appreciated,

Mike.
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Re: compression post repair/replace or addition ?

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Hey Gents and Ladies,
Looking foreward to another great season on Lake Erie coming up ! Lots to do, and last year,
I noticed a wee dish on the deck around my deck stepped mast. She's an Ontario 28 with a partial bulkhead underneath and what looks like a 2 x 4 compression post in the corner. I know the mast, once snugged on (I make sure not to over tighten too much ), causes the deck to depress a bit . Now failing the obvious, does the deck have moisture issues, could I marry up another 2 x 4 to the one present ? I do not think there is any rot in the present post, it may have just shrunk 1/2 " or so ?

Any thought s are appreciated, Mike.
You probably have a core issue in your deck - wood doesn't shrink much longitudinally, certainly not 1/2" in 6' or less. Try a flexible batten across the camber of the deck at the mast step - see if there's a gap under it across the step area.
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