I'm not greatly experienced in sailing gear
, but I looked at a lot of boats, and I've never seen a mast step like this. I would like to ditch it for a Dwyer hinged mast step or tablernacle, but I'm concered about the bolt hole that's already there. If I would have to drill a new hole for a tabernacle pin it might be too close to the existing hole, inviting failure.
I think the hinged step would be best, as I'll be trailering and raising the mast by myself every time I sail. I'm just concerned that (from what I can tell by the online photos) it won't be heavy-duty enough for a 28' mast.
What to do, what to do...