Well, it was some time ago now I posted up asking for assistance, and after reading, listening and gleaning as much info as I could, I decided to stop over thinking it and just do it! So I cut my mast
step out of the roof of the boat, with an angle grinder. Which kinda forced my hand and meant that I had to stop stalling about what to do, and just do it!
And, for anyone who's interested, here's how.........
First off, measured it all up, carefully - don't want to be gluing it back in the wrong way round now
Next I investigated the ply inside the step – I figured it may be rotten. Unfortunately the only way of determining this was using destructive methods. As it happens it wasn’t rotten – oh well
Ply replaced, I built the step back up with glass fibre. For anyone on the south west coast
uk, these guys are absolutely great – knowledgeable and nice; top customer service! www.ariba-fibreglass-supplies.co.uk
Upon the glass fibre guys instruction – I skimmed it with stopper before gel coating…..
Now about this time, I realised I needed an adjustable level. A friend of mine has exactly the thing I need, only he’s 250 miles away so I built my own…… This comprises; bubble from a standard level, a piece of brass, two feet, and two cap screws (heads cut off), washers and 4 nuts. Plus some super glue. I set the level to true on the boat hull
behind the mast
step and then could accurately gauge how level my step was when placed back in it’s hole….
Previously I had offered my brackety up, using a bottle jack, and found it to be good. In order to correct the collapse in the hull
, to the right of the mast, I offered the bracket in, cut away where required and jacked it up. I also jacked the roof up way to the right, in the hope that once the step was glassed back in, it would hold the shape.
First off, I hollowed out the sides with the angle grinder. I wanted a big shallow “V” to fill with glass fibre, to spread the load. I set the step in position and levelled it using screws and washers to hold it down.
After glassing it in, the screws were removed and the remaining area glassed up.
As before, I skimmed it and gel coated. Now here was a big lesson. The guys in the shop has said to brush the gel coat on – they probably hadn’t accounted for less than 10 degrees C. I was left with horrendous brush marks, and couldn’t flat them out because it would take the layer too thin (couldn’t afford any more gel coat, or the time). I flatted as best as possible and rollered the next coat on. Perfect finish! (apart from the brush marks underneath – live and learn I guess?)
Also, wood stained the bracket and sealed around it - looks like it was born there (just...
So, mast refitted (by a professional) and the lovely Maestro has been motored to her new home (3 hour journey by sea) and still the mast is up, still there are no cracks, still the roof has not collapsed!
Anyways, wanted to share ‘cos I’m sure I’m not the first person who’s got no idea what to do about that sort of thing……. And also, if I can do it, y’all can
. Hopefully this’ll help someone?
Feel free to ask questions, criticise, suggest alternatives – after all, it’s a learning