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Old 14-09-2007, 21:05   #16
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Originally Posted by drh1965 View Post
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 stepped mast 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.

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