Originally Posted by drh1965
Anyway, I'm planning a restep this winter anyway. I want to check the integrity of the deck
under the mast
Good idea! You'll want to check the core
(if any) to see that water
hasn't seeped in. A wet core
will surely weaken the deck
leading to other serious problems.
Deck steped masts are usually sitting in a tabernackle or deck plate at or above deck level.
I have a keel
but I feel that deck stepped are a stronger set up. When a boat heels over and pulls on the shrouds the hull
slightly squeezes together causing the deck to rise.
With a deck stepped mast, the mast keeps it forced downward. With a keel
stepped, the deck rises up around the mast. On keel stepped there is usually a toggle attached between the keel and deck that is suppose to keep the deck pulled down.
And keel stepped mast always allow water
in, but right into the bilge