Mast work pa… wait, crap

So I discovered that my compression post was rotten at the top, as mentioned in my last post.

I found this out when I removed the teak panelling to check

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And found this

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and on the other side, this

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This is basically the thing that holds the ceiling up – the mast is ‘deck-stepped’, meaning it ends at the deck, then under the cabin roof is a long compression post that goes down to the keel. It’s basically the boats backbone. One of the previous owners had run wires through it, but not sealed the through-deck connection properly (I say ‘sealed’ in the loosest possible term, they’d just chucked a bunch of sealant down the hole with the wires). I am slightly amazed my cabin roof wasn’t sagging more, but there you go.

I took all the teak fa├žade off and yanked it out

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This thing is over 6′ and pretty heavy. My boat now looks like this

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i.e – gong show.

The next day I found a carpenter to make me a new one. Luckily, it’s fir, so didn’t cost too much. I was seriously considering making my own one, but I don’t really have any woodworking tools. Something to look into.

I got the new post and attached the teak lining to it

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Then got it roughly in position

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What followed was literally 3 hours of kicking. shoving, swearing and hammering with a mallet until…

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Finally!

Last thing to do was attach the last teak plate (with the door attached to it).

Then, to make sure this never happened again, I pulled all the old wiring out through the mast shoe, taped up the bottom of the hole and poured epoxy into it.

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I’ll find some other way to run the wires into the cabin, probably via an external through-hull in the cabin roof.

In the end the whole thing was a fairly easy, cheap fix, it just cost me valuable time.

Matt

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