If you can replace the compression post with stainless or aluminum, it may be well worth doing. By doing so, the post can be smaller, especially if you go the stainless steel route, and take up less space in the cabin. Aluminum spreaders might also be a good improvement to make at this time.
04-17-2007 01:49 AM
Oak is good for the deck step. Sitka Spruce is good spar wood - durable but not the strongest.
04-16-2007 11:45 PM
Standing Rigging Question
I have a 36' Cascade and am working (slowly) towards getting it shipshape. The boat had been abandoned for quite some time and requires serious repairs. While I was doing a pre-mast-tuning inspection I noticed that the support for the deck-step has a very small crack and needs to be replaced. The support is basically a 2 x 6 and I need to know what type of wood is an acceptable replacement. Obviously this support will be under extreme loads. I am planning to replace the wooden spreaders as well. What are the best types of wood to use for these? Is there a particular grade that I should look for?