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Hello All, Pulled the mast 2 months ago. First trip for me and my boat, to the yard. I have attached pics of the old mast step and the new mast step. What should I put in the cup, that the mast fits over? For luck? I put a couple of 1971 pennies in there, that I found while tearing things apart. She is a 1971 Morgan 35 CB. Anything special? Any ideas? Thanks, Kevin
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Hey, again. By the way, this boat is painted. With what I don't know. Buffed up nice. Couldn't afford to paint her, so I had to go for it. Looks great. Too bad the PO thought he was in a demolition derby. Painted over the dings with best match blue paint I could find. Kevin
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Could somebody tell me how to get pics straight, please. Kevin
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Looks like the original may have been made of incompatible metals that did not react well to each other. You may want to consider barrier coating the cup, fasteners and pennies to help delay a recurrence if you haven't done so already.
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Re: What to place on mast step...

Probably better off without a third metal in the mast step. Old custom of real boats with wooden masts, Copper and silver coins brought good luck by preventing rot as they corroded. under the butt of the mast.
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Hello All, Pulled the mast 2 months ago. First trip for me and my boat, to the yard. I have attached pics of the old mast step and the new mast step. What should I put in the cup, that the mast fits over? For luck? I put a couple of 1971 pennies in there, that I found while tearing things apart. She is a 1971 Morgan 35 CB. Anything special? Any ideas? Thanks, Kevin
Maybe a Morgan dollar?

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I used a silver dollar. Whatever you do - put those pennies back! No sense tempting fate.

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Re: What to place on mast step...

Yeah, the pennies are staying. The Morgan dollar is a good idea. Can get a 1921, most common for about 25 bucks. Hey, what's another 25 bucks. That's a cheap day in the yard. Kevin
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Re: What to place on mast step...

At least powder coat the steel. It will start going away the first year without a proper coating. Something, thin rubber or such between it and anything else will prevent chips. BTW I would never paint anything that buffs a well as that hull, looks nice. Battle scars are inevitable on old Boats.
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Re: What to place on mast step...

The tradition, going back to at least classic Greek times, is that a boat is a daughter of Poseidon, and that if Poseidon is going to bless her marriage to her new captain, the captain must show proper respect for his bride by putting her dowry under the mast.

Stick two cents in there and Poseidon might take offense, as might your bride.

A purist would put a gold coin there. I think the smallest US gold coins are 1/10th ounce, which puts them at something like $130 to purchase.

On the other hand, you can find articles online about what they found under the masts when the USS Constitution was being refitted not so long ago. I think those were more like silver dollars.

A coin from the year the boat was made, or the year you bought the boat, might be fitting.

And you can simply melt some beeswax or canning wax, put the coin in that, and seal it over to prevent rattling or corrosion. Not a problem.
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