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I am switching out my wood mast for an aluminum one and will be fabricating a mast step, does anyone have any insight on how tight the step should fit into the base of the mast? Also any other information regarding fabricating a mast step would be greatly appreciated.

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A good trick is to make the internal brace as a cross rather than a collar or lip - see attached. This was a keel step but the same concept applies. It keeps water from sitting against the tube and corroding it while still locating the mast properly.

You need to ensure the inside corners are limbered for drainage.

Fit should be snug-ish - maybe 1/32"-1/64".
 

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Is this mast to be stepped often? I have a tabernacle installed on my Lancer25. There is a pin that goes thru the base of the mast and a slot in the tabernacle that the pin slides into. I fabricated this a few years and should have made it a little tighter; not for sailing but for stepping. We step every weekend.
 
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