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Replacing Mast Step Crealock 37
We pulled the mast on out Crealock 37 last week and discovered that the LeFiell mast step needs to be replaced. I tried removing it but the forward bolt (of the two holding the mast step) seems to disappear into the oak compression post. The nut for the rear bolt was accessible just aft of the post after unfastening some headliner but the forward bolt is a mystery. Was it installed before the compression post and thus cannot be removed or is it a lag bolt that actually threads into the post. I have turned it but nothing happens so it seems there is a hidden nut on the other end.
I could just saw it off and then install the new mast step with one or two lag screws in new positions but would like to know what I'm dealing with first. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
sv Dolfin, Crealock 37