Hi Dave,Frank, do you have some photos of the plate under the mast step? I have some deflection in the deck under the step which I think is contributing to a very minor lean to port in the mast which I have not been able to resolve by tightening the starboard shrouds. If it gets worse, I am probably going to have drop the mast and tear the plywood out and replace with G10. But if I can avoid that kind of surgery for awhile by loosening up the shrouds and jamming a metal plate in there, that would be preferable. Thanks.
Bigd14, Also providing we get through the survey, the final step is a sea trial which won't happen til mid May ish. So that will provide full operation of the rig.Thanks Bigd, really appreciate your input. Especially the the bit about the aft system plumbing and steering. They pulled the running rigging after they shot these pics so not sure how we'll check the mast shivs. She still has original rigging layout with mast winches which I am planning to get a couple of cabin top winches and running some lines back to the cockpit. I'll need to get something at the mast base to attach shivs to so curious if you have done that and how you did it ? It currently does not have a spinnaker so curious if mast is even rigged for it. Again, thanks for sharing, good stuff.
Frank is again correct, the plate is functioning as a washer to reduce “point loading”it is not just a spacer, but rather it spreads the load of the mast across the beam of the boat, rather than just bearing down on the deck and compression post below the mast step, which is a much smaller area (about 6" x 6" or so).