Looking to hear what the internet
community thinks about this one.
The surveyors noted about a 1/4" of rot
at the base of the compression
post. Meaning they were able to stick an ice pick 1/4" of an inch into the wood. I want to replace it. Keep it simple and use the same material that is in there, wood. Treat it with water
, glass it in. Want to keep the price
on this fix low, but do it properly. I have read about others replacing with steel
. Looks great, but wood was the original idea when the boat was built, so I will replace it the same way. Maybe down the road when I have extra cash, I will mock it up in CAD and have it made out of machined aluminum
Question is: Can I use a bottle jack to jack the mast
up enough ~1mm to remove old wood (and glass/junk, refer to image #1) and replace with new post without demasting?
Recently bought a boat. 1979 Cal
31'. Excellent condition, clean throughout, all records and well kept by the previous owners. But being a 36 year old boat, there are a few problems. We had a survey
completed and they gave us some suggestions on things to repair. Due to some of the suggestions, the insurance
company is suspicious and requires being fixed before being completely insured.
post is located in the bilge
and creates a foundation for the deck
so that the mast doesn't compress into the boat. Also going to note that a survey
was completed back in 2009 and seems to have missed this detail. And to clear this up as well, the location where the mast sits on the deck
, has no signs of rot
, damage, cracking, or sinking. The boat sails
great and performs well in the Southeast Alaskan waters.
I would like to replace this with new 4x4 treated and coated block of hard wood and glass it in (similar to image #2 (found from a blog
)). Looking at the picture, I believe the first owner (owned since new 1979-2009) must have replaced this a few years back. It appears to have glass, epoxy
, or a hard compound at the base going half way up the wood. It simply looks like a quick-fix with a pile of mud and junk at the base.
So, do I have to demast? After removing all the junk and debris next to the post, can I simply use a bottle jack behind the post, jack enough room (~1mm (making sure to not cause more damage)), remove block, clean out, and replace with new?
Thank you, and I appreciate the suggestions.