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Join Date: Nov 2008
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Re: rain water entering bilge thru mast.
On the keel stepped mast versions of our yacht, the mast was fitted with an injected foam plug that extends to just above the collar of the mast boot at the deck level with four 1/4" drain holes, one each fore'n aft and side-to-side. Several owners have also made "Spar-Tight" plugs at the partners to prevent water penetration along the face of the mast beneath the boot when that is not entirely effective.
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